Apple is reportedly thinking about ditching Intel and making its own chip for Mac laptops
Apple's iPhones use an Apple-designed chip based on the ARM instruction set, but its current lineup of Mac laptops and desktops use chips from Intel that run the x86 instruction set. It would be a significant engineering challenge to enable software designed for Intel chips to run on Apple's ARM-based processors. MacOS alone would be a huge effort.But given the dramatic performance gains and low power usage of Apple's recent iPhone chips, it's not surprising that Apple would consider it. In fact, according to some benchmarks, the recently launched iPhone 8 outperforms Apple's high-end MacBook Pro.
Apple is also looking to design its own chips for touch sensors and its own modem chip for iPhones, according to the Nikkei report. Currently, TSMC is believed to be Apple's primary manufacturer for its main chip design, the A-series processor.Get the latest Intel stock price here.
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