Apple has been working for several years on its own chips, chips mainly used on iPhones and iPads. According to Bloomberg, the Californian brand now intends to go further by using these chips in all these Macs by 2020.
The architecture of the firm's computers has changed a lot since the very first Macintosh.
For a very long time, Apple has indeed used PowerPC processors supplied by IBM to power its computers, but Steve Jobs chose to return to a more familiar architecture in 2005.
Macs could soon change architecture
Since then, Macs have all come with Intel processors and therefore on an x86 architecture.
Then, in 2007, Apple introduced the very first smartphone in its history. From that point on, the company started working on its own processors based on the ARM architecture, processors that were later used on iPhones and iPads.
According to rumors circulating for several years, Apple would eventually intend to go even further by using these processors on all of its computers. The iMac Pro has also taken a first step in this direction by integrating alongside the Intel CPU an A10 Fusion processor entirely devoted to Siri and the voice listening function.
However, according to Bloomberg , the brand now intends to go further by replacing all the Intel processors present on its Macs with its own chips. The operation would even be planned for 2020.
A change planned for 2020?
According to the sources of our colleagues, the replacement process is still in its infancy and there are still many problems to be resolved before being able to definitively draw a line on Intel's architecture, especially on the issue of security.
To facilitate the transition, Apple would also have planned to proceed in stages and focus on certain ranges to start.
However, this decision makes sense. By proceeding in this way, the manufacturer would be able to further reduce the gap between its nomadic terminals and its computers and thus strengthen its ecosystem. The firm would have taken a first step in this direction with the Marzipan platform, a platform for running iOS applications on Macs.
It might not surprise you, but the news was like a real stock market earthquake, causing the value of Intel's share to drop 9.2%.