Apple has been manufacturing chips to use in its Macs for a while now, though the ARM-based silicon mostly backs up Intel's main CPUs during laptop "Power Nap" sessions. The company also makes its own silicon for iOS and Apple Watch devices. Now, according to a report at Bloomberg, Apple plans to replace Intel components with its own chips for Macs, starting as early as 2020. The process to replace Intel processors, called Kalamata internally, is still in the early stages, say Bloomberg's sources. Apple-made chips make sense for the tech company, especially in the wake of the security issues around Intel (and other manufacturer's) chip architecture.
The tech company is reportedly planning to ditch Intel's processors on its Macs and replace them with their own custom-designed chips, according to a report from Bloomberg. The report, sourced from the well-sourced Mark Gurman, says Apple executives have greenlit the plan, codenamed "Kalamata." The switch is apparently part of a plan to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads work better together. When contacted by Mashable, Apple, of course, declined to comment on the matter. Apple famously switched away from its PowerPC processors to Intel chips in 2006, thus making the underlying hardware more similar to that of PCs.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich speaks during the company's press event at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (Photo credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg) Chipmaking giant Intel announced fourth quarter financials with better-than-expected revenue. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company reported revenue of $16.4 billion, up 10% from the previous year, and earnings per share of 79 cents. Wall Street was estimating quarterly revenue of $15.75 and EPS of 75 cents, according to analysts polled by Yahoo Finance. "The fourth quarter was a terrific finish to a record-setting and transformative year for Intel. In 2016, we took important steps to accelerate our strategy and refocus our resources while also launching exciting new products, successfully integrating Altera, and investing in growth opportunities," said Intel CEO Brian in a statement.
Competing with ARM Holdings PLC has always posed special problems for Intel Corp., which has repeatedly tried and failed to crack the British company's lock on smartphone chip technology. That task could soon get even tougher. Japan's SoftBank Group Corp., which on Monday announced plans to buy ARM for 32 billion, pledged to invest more in the company and help it double its workforce over five years. The extra money for ARM could also be used for acquisitions and internal technology development to bolster the chip...