Intel is being replaced: Apple announces big change in Mac computers

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According to reports, Apple will announce a revolutionary innovation for its notebooks at its in-house conference WWDC later this month. There are strong indications that the company intends to replace the previous Intel chips in Macs with its own processors.

Apple wants to make the transition from Intel processors to its own chips in its Mac computers official this month, according to a media report. The announcement at the in-house conference WWDC, which begins on 22 June, is intended to give app developers time to prepare for the market launch of the new computers next year, the financial service Bloomberg wrote on Tuesday, citing informed persons. There is still no information on WWDC plans from the company itself.

There has been speculation for a long time about replacing Intel semiconductors with chips from Apple. The Mac manufacturer has successfully developed its own powerful processors for its iPhones and iPads based on the architecture of the chip designer ARM. In Apple’s notebooks and desktop computers, however, chips from Intel with the so-called x86 architecture are used – as is largely common in the PC industry.

This ensures the compatibility of applications across platforms.

Intel became too slow for Apple

In recent years, however, there has been growing evidence that Apple has had to slow down the renewal of its Mac product line due to the later availability of new Intel processors. According to Bloomberg, one trigger for Apple’s decision was the slowdown in Intel’s annual performance improvements. ARM processors are generally considered more energy efficient than x86 chips, which is particularly relevant for laptops and smaller notebooks.

Microsoft and Samsung, among others, already offer notebooks with chips based on ARM architecture.

However, they cannot fully exploit the potential of the Windows operating system with which they run. The exciting questions in Apple’s plans would be whether the macOS system would be better optimized for this – and whether the company would present some kind of translation technology for apps based on Intel chips.

A blow to Intel’s image

Macs account for just ten percent of the PC market. This would mean that the loss of business for Intel would still be financially bearable. But it would be a blow to the reputation of the chip giant, which had previously had a firm grip on the PC business. For Macs, it would be the third change of chip platform after the transition from Motorola to IBM’s PowerPC in the early 1990s and to Intel in 2005. The date of the announcement could also be postponed, Bloomberg restricted.

The developer conference WWDC, at which Apple’s software innovations are traditionally presented in June, will be held completely online this year due to the corona crisis. The Mac project has the internal code name Kalamata, Bloomberg continued.

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