Look at the curious world: on the one hand we have the Intel, the largest and most traditional chip maker in the world. On the other, AppleEven though it is the most valuable company on the planet, it started its chipmaking venture less than ten years ago. While Ma has already launched the first 7-nanometer architecture processor on the streets, Intel is still struggling to start mass production of 10-nanometer architecture chips.
Rumors have recently surfaced that the giant is canceling the development of its chip line. ?Cannon Lake? It is the first of the company to be manufactured in the 10nm architecture and has been postponed several times after the announcement that it would arrive in the world in 2016. Intel then decided to comment on his Twitter:
Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue. We are making good progress on 10nm. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared during our last earnings report.
– Intel News (@intelnews) October 22, 2018
The media reports published today (10/22) that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are not true. We are making good progress at 10nm. Earnings are improving in line with the timeline we share in our last financial results report.
That is: if we have no more delays, the chips ?Cannon Lake? It will finally arrive in 2019, according to Intel's latest promise.
But what does this mean for Apple? Well, the continued postponements of Intel's new generation of processors have already caused a lot of trouble for Ma, which has had to postpone or change plans for present and future Macs because of the uncertainty surrounding its partner. If the ?Cannon Lake? really coming in 2019, we may still see a generation of Cupertino computers equipped with Intel chips, but nothing guaranteed.
On the other hand, another delay by the manufacturer could mean Apple's definitive break with Intel. Rumors already point to Apple's own-chip Macs already by 2020 eventually, Ma could even advance these plans a bit to stop relying on the partner as soon as possible.
These, of course, are mere assumptions: what will actually happen, we will only know over the next year. What do you guys think?