Color this a rumor through and through, but it’s possible that Apple is planning on dumping Intel processors on their desktop and laptops and will replace them with processors similar to that which is in the iPad and iPhone. The change is not imminent, but rather is something being discussed by engineers at Apple.
According to Bloomberg, three anonymous sources within Apple have confirmed that the company is looking at ways to remove Intel processors from their Mac lineup. The potential switch makes sense: Unifying the underlying processor would help simplify development across the platforms, similar to how Microsoft is attempting to simply the user experience across mobile, desktop, and gaming console. The company also doesn’t believe that Intel is creating less power-hungry chips, something that Apple desperately wants in order to improve the battery life of their products in addition to reducing the heat dissipation that the thinner devices desperately require.
Any change is bound to take at least a couple of years, so Intel is in no imminent danger. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more whispers as Apple looks to control their product image.
Source: Bloomberg | Image courtesy of Bloomberg