Apple may abandon Intel and switch completely to their own chips in the next 1-2 years




Apple Mac computers to translate own processors for 1-2 years. With such a forecast was made by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The main arguments in favor of ARM-architecture he called energy efficiency, low cost and native integration with mobile devices.


«Apple may release a Mac based on its own processors in the next 1-2 years. This forecast is based on the assumption that the level of performance modern chips for the iPhone and iPad are between Intel Atom and Core i3. That’s enough for the Mac. Using proprietary processors give Apple more control over the launch of new models of Mac and PC capabilities, “- said the analyst.

Apple invests heavily in their own development based on ARM, and the fruits of these investments, we are already seeing on chips A7 and A8 in the iPhone and iPad – they were designed by the company itself and they used only proprietary technologies. The interest in this area kupertintsev to say and do in the last few years of purchase, for example, the purchase of the company-developer PA Semi. In this case, the performance of current ARM-processor is enough to serve a minimum of mobile PCs, as evidenced by the appearance on the market “Chromebooks” from Google.

The analyst believes that ARM in the coming years will reach an acceptable level for desktops. Now on top speed processor Apple is positioned between Atom and Core i3. In 2016 can leave a 10-nm processors Apple A10X, which may well be used in Mac computers instead of chips Intel.


In ARM has a number of significant advantages: better use of computing power, native integration with other devices, lower cost. Turning to the processors of its own design, Apple will be able to better plan product launches and significantly save, since the purchase of components from Intel is much more expensive than an order to produce its chips from Samsung and TSMC.

In addition, Apple will be able to choose their own graphics engine: whether to use graphics Intel HD, or leave the graphics from Imagination Technology. In KGI Securities convinced that A10X processors will be used not only in the iPhone and iPad, but also in computers Mac, instead of the proposed Intel solutions.

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