The first devices on new processors will appear earlier than 2021.
Apple will abandon Intel processors and switch to ARM chips in new MacBooks. The transition will be announced at a conference for developers WWDC 2020. About this writes Bloomberg, citing sources.
The project on the transition to new processors was called Kalamata. Apple will announce the changes in advance so that the developers have time to prepare – the ARM architecture is different from Intel, the applications will have to be optimized for new equipment.
Future MacBooks will work on chips based on technology used in iPhones and iPads. Despite this, laptops will, as before, run on macOS. According to the source of the publication, devices on new processors will appear no earlier than 2021. At the same time, the announcement of the transition can be done outside WWDC.
As a Bloomberg source explained, Apple decided to abandon Intel, after the company’s processors began to show an ever slower annual increase in productivity. Apple feared that because of this, it would be necessary to postpone or cancel the release of future macbooks.
According to the interlocutor of the publication, tests of new laptops on ARM chips inside Apple showed serious advantages compared to Intel versions. Particularly strong growth was recorded in graphics performance and applications using AI functions. Apple processors also proved to be more energy efficient than Intel, which means that MacBooks can be made thinner and lighter.
A Bloomberg source noted that the company is working on at least three of its own chips for Macbooks in the SoC format (“system on a chip”). The first of them is based on A14 – the next processor for the new iPhone line and, in addition to the central processor, will be equipped with a coprocessor for graphics and the Neural Engine. TSMC will produce processors for Apple using the 5-nm process technology, as will the chips for the following iPhones and iPad Pro.
Bloomberg believes that Apple’s refusal from the company’s processors will not lead to a serious decrease in sales – the Cupertino company occupies about 10% of the PC market. However, other manufacturers, such as Microsoft, Samsung, and Lenovo, who have already introduced ARM devices, may follow Apple’s example.
Bloomberg has already reported several times that Apple abandoned Intel and switched to ARM processors in 2018 and early 2020 . If this happens, it will be the first time in the entire 36-year history of macbooks when they work on Apple-created processors.
The company only changed chip manufacturers twice: in the early 90s, it switched from Motorola processors to PowerPC. But at WWDC 2005, Steve Jobs announced the move from PowerPC to Intel.