Now, according to a new report, Apple is reportedly planning to replace Intel chips in Macs starting as early as 2020. The move will make it the only major computer manufacturer not to rely on Intel-made components.
What appeared to be troubling news for Intel came as the California-based company worked to get to market with chips created to address vulnerabilities disclosed earlier this year.
"The shift would also allow Cupertino, California-based Apple to more quickly bring new features to all of its products and differentiate them from the competition". The main objective of this initiative is to line up all of Apple's devices including the Mac, iPhones, and iPads. The initiative, Bloomberg says, is codenamed Kalamata and has been approved by the top executives at Apple.
Intel has seen its key PC market decline, but it was able to achieve a new business with Apple by providing 4G chips for some iPhones.
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According to Stifel's Cassidy, who reiterated his $53 price target for Intel, Apple accounted for around 4% of Intel revenue in 2017 and for under 1% of its profits for the year. The iPhone maker has been getting its processors from Intel for its Mac devices, but come 2020, it hopes to change this by making the manufacturing process in-house.
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With device-to-device processor integration added on top of cost-savings, Apple would have extra flexibility in launching new products, and having control over its hardware should strengthen the security level of its products.
The decision also comes after years of the quick evolution of ARM-based processors that Apple has built into other products in its portfolio. All 15 members of the group lost at least 2.6 per cent, with Intel down 6.1 per cent, its biggest rout since January 2016.
Amazon, Ebay, Google Maps were among those to drop their Apple Watch apps a year ago. Except for Macs all of the other Apple lineups like the iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple TV's are using processors designed by Apple.