Apple is set to implement its plan to replace Intel processors in Macbooks by 2020. According to rumors, the company is already planning the transition to its own ARM-based chips for its entry line, the 12-inch Macbook. The move should make the new laptops more like iPhones and iPad, and accelerate the launch of features for the devices.
Internally, the Apple project would be called Kalamata, according to the Bloomberg website. Although it is still in the early stages of development, the change would have already received approval from the company’s executives and the transition should take place in multiple stages.
Apple’s main goal in replacing Intel processors would be to bring their Macbooks closer to handsets such as iPhones and iPads, which run chips on ARM. The company would also be working on a new platform internally called Marzipan, which would allow bringing applications from cell phones to computers. The proposal, by the way, is very similar to the universal applications of Windows 10, which were not successful as Microsoft expected.
Another reason for interest in the transition would be the differentiation of other manufacturers, who still use Intel processors. In addition, Apple would not be held hostage to Intel’s timeline to upgrade its products and could integrate better hardware and software. In addition to the benefits of this, there would still be a reduction in energy consumption as is currently the case with iPads.
From the economic point of view, the change would allow Apple to increase its profit margins in the sale of Macbooks. Currently, processors are one of the only parts that are made outside the Cupertino company. The rumors, in fact, toppled Intel’s stock at 9.2%, as only Macbooks account for about 5% of the chipmaker’s annual profit.
Despite the willingness to make the move, Apple still has to keep Intel’s processors on its most powerful computer lines, such as Macbook Pro, iMac Pro and Mac Pro. This is because ARM chips are still not able to deliver the same power as those of x86 architecture, which could disappoint the professional users.
Finally, if put into practice, this would not be the first time that Apple would change the processors of their computers. In 2005, the company replaced IBM’s PowerPC chips with current Intel products, which surprised the PC industry at the time. Now it looks like the apple company is willing to make another radical change.