Intel has long been top dog in the processor arena but Apple is taking a step away to create its own chip to power its products moving forward. These reports come from Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also says that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) stands to benefit hugely from the switch as it remains the exclusive supplier of A-series chips.

The processor is the heart and brain of any smartphone, tablet, Mac or PC. The speed and performance of a device is largely down to how well the processor can deal with incoming requests. Needless to say, this is not a part of any modern device that can be seen as lacking, so Apple’s confidence to move away from Intel is impressive.

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This shift does come with a number of benefits. Moving away from Intel’s production cycle means that Apple can march to the beat of its own drum, timing processor development with their product releases – ensuring the best quality product makes it to market as fast as possible.

It’s likely we’ll be seeing these chips arrive first on laptops rather than the full sizes desktop monsters, as Apple will have a lot of work to do to catch up to Intel and AMD’s latest releases.