In less than two years, that brand new Mac of yours could be sporting an Apple-made CPU. That is if current rumors pan out. If true, it looks like the Cupertino company is toying with the idea of custom Mac chips.
Codenamed Kalamata, the plan is to create custom chips that would make Macs, iPads, and iPhones work “more similarly and seamlessly together.” Apple isn’t in uncharted territory, though. The company currently makes the A-Series chips found in iPads and iPhones.
The move would impact Intel, as the company currently supplies the processors for Mac computers. Even as it debuted the Intel Core i9 processor, the rumors caused Intel’s stock to take an initial 9.2 percent hit.
The move would also allow Apple to release products on its own schedule rather than rely on Intel’s roadmap for its processors. As the company looks to integrate its iOS with its MacOS experience — and vice versa —researchers think the move makes sense.
“We think that Apple is looking at ways to further integrate their hardware and software platforms, and they’ve clearly made some moves in this space, trying to integrate iOS and macOS,” Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross Research, said. “It makes sense that they’re going in this direction. If you look at incremental R&D spend, it’s gone into ways to try to vertically integrate their components so they can add more functionality for competitive differentiation.”
Of course, as it is with any rumor, it’s a good idea to take it with a grain of salt. Apple could scrap the idea entirely between now and 2020. Only time will tell and Apple usually likes to keep a tight lip when it comes to rumors such as these.
Last Updated on April 3, 2018.