Let's face it: the prospect of Apple abandon Intel and move on equip Macs with self-designed chips It is no longer a question of if, but of when. Therefore, when a respected (and accurate) vehicle such as the Bloomberg arrives to ventilate a rumor related to the beginning of this transition, we sit and listen, right?
According to reporters Mark Gurman and Ian King, who cite sources familiar with Apple's plans, the company has called for 2020 It is the start of the transition that will eventually cause all of its product lines to be equipped with ARM processors designed there in Cupertino. The initiative internally called “Kalamata” It is still in the early stages of development, but it would have been defined and approved by all of the company's top executives, according to the report.
Apple's goal of course. Ma's processor-powered Macs would be the final step on the road to creating an integrated ecosystem, with a shared architecture across all of the company's product lines; With this, computers would work together with other devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, much more smoothly; Developers would also have a much greater ease of creating programs for all platforms simultaneously.
It's worth noting that by getting rid of Intel's dependency, Apple could also bring innovations to its computers at its own pace, rather than expecting its partner's slow (and often confusing) schedule, and thus putting itself to a halt. step forward in the face of competition. Theoretically, of course.
Apple's transition plans would also be closely related to another initiative of its own, which we talked about last December: the project "Marzipan", a new software platform that would allow developers to build applications that run on macOS and iOS simultaneously and could debut later this year as a foretaste of the deeper changes to come.
We do not know more details about the details of the Mac transition, but (as last time) it can already be said that the whole thing happens slowly and gradually. This is pure speculation from me, but it's easy to imagine Ma first introducing a chip with its own input Mac, and then later equipping the other models with the new processors until finally reaching the top of the line when the change is consolidated and the doubts of the most advanced consumers are resolved.
The fact that the mere possibility of the end of the partnership with Apple did not sound good among Intel's shareholders and potential investors: the company had a sharp 9% drop in its stock hours after the report was published, and now the company operates at a 6% low with a value of $ 48.92 per share. Not for short: Apple accounts for about 5 percent of the microchip giant's annual profit, and a breakup with Cupertino would surely be a major blow to the company's finances.
Let's see how this story is going to unfold