Apple has long relied on Intel to supply the chips for its Mac and MacBook lines, but has had great success in it’s a-series processors for iOS devices. Apple controls the hardware and software of these devices fully and is able to optimise them to great effect. It is the company’s intention to do the same with the Mac line to gain advantage over competitors.
Macs have used Intel chips since 2006. Intel’s share price fell, against the markets, after the news broke.
Apple uses ARM components to build its mobile chips much like Android’s main processor manufacturer Qualcomm. The report says Apple will start the transition to ARM by releasing a low-end MacBook.
The project is codenamed Kalamata and was boosted when Apple engineers developed a Mac chip internally in 2018, based on the A12X.