Over the last few years, we’ve had the opportunity to hear a lot of rumors about how Apple plans to stop using Intel’s processors in its desktop and notebook PC series and develop its own ARM-based chips. Until now, however, we have not heard more concrete information about when exactly this big change should happen.
According to Bloomberg and Axios, Apple should start up its Mac processors in Macs by 2020. The main motive behind Apple’s transition to its own chips is certainly the desire to use a single app on all devices, whether it’s iPhone, iPad, or Mac. So in the future, all those who develop applications for the Apple store in the future could only make one application that would work smoothly on all Apple devices. In this way, it wants to simplify and facilitate business developers, but also to increase the total number of available applications.
Apple has already started the transition from popular iOS applications to MacOS. It is quite clear how much of the long-awaited merger of mobile iOS with MacOS will be nothing. Apple has chosen the second time that includes one app that will work on all available Apple devices.
Another reason for switching to its own processors with Mac is certainly Apple’s desire not to be more dependent on the products of a particular manufacturer. Namely, the emergence of new Intel processors has dictated to date the release of a new Apple laptop and desktop computers.
If these rumors come true, it will be interesting to see if Apple’s ARM performance-based processors can compete with Intel’s processors, especially with faster Core i7 versions. Specifically, the ARM architecture is optimized for use with energy-efficient and particularly economical processors, as used in smartphones and tablets. The question is whether Apple processors based on this architecture can achieve the required workstations or provide performance comparable to Intel’s processors.
Of course, we need to see what the compatibility of currently available MacOS applications with new Apple processors will be. In this respect, a situation similar to that of about ten years ago could be expected during Apple’s major hardware transition to Intel processors.
In any case, it will be interesting to see if these rumors come true and how this will affect Intel’s revenue and generally their position on the market.