Apple Tipped To Be Working On It's Own Processor For Macs

Posted: Feb 2 2017, 6:25am CST | by , in News | Apple

Apple tipped to be working on it's own processor for Macs

Apple reportedly has no plans to abandon Intel chips at this time

Right now if you buy a MacBook laptop you get one with an Intel chip inside. That could change in the future with word that Apple is at work on its own chip to lessen its dependence on Intel. The tip comes from unnamed sources that Bloomberg says are familiar with the matter.

Development on the new Apple chip was said to have started last year and is similar to the chip used in the latest MacBook Pro notebooks to power the Touch Bar. Apple reportedly calls the chip by codename T310. The T310 would be used to handle some of the low power mode functions according to the sources.

Apple is using ARM to build the chip and it is said that the chip will work alongside the Intel processor. Apple is by the numbers a rather small player in the global computer market with a 7.5% global market share. However, the company is a trend setter and often things it integrates into its computers are mimicked by other compteur makers.

Apple uses its own processors inside the iPhone and iPad, something it has done since 2010. Before that move, the company used processors made by other companies in its iOS offerings. The same transition is likely to happen for MacBook notebooks in the future.

The current ARM chip inside the MacBook is called the T1, and powers the Touch Bar. The low power mode operation for current MacBooks is known as Power Nap and word is Apple engineers plan to offload the feature to the ARM chip in development. Power Nap allows Mac users to get email, install software updates, and sync calendars all with the display shut and not in use to save battery power.

The Intel chip currently handles this feature, but a lower power ARM chip could consume even less power. The source claims that Apple has no current plans to completely abandon Intel chips.

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