It's been a long time since we heard rumors about a possible migration of Macs from Intel chips, which Apple has been using since 2005, to proprietary processors based on the architecture ARM. And, by the way, this is now closer than ever.
While analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has determined that we should see the first Mac of its kind arriving between the end of this year and the beginning of the next, the Bloomberg today revealed in an extensive report that Apple?s goal is to start this transition sometime in 2021 this is if the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) does not delay its plans, of course.
The project known internally as "Kalamata" and probably start with some entry model (who knows the MacBook Air?), while the Apple engineering team is working on developing more powerful chips that in the future will be able to equip MacBooks Pro, iMacs and even Macs Pro.
The first chip to be equipped with a Mac is likely to be based on the same ?A14? design as equipped with iPhones launched this year, manufactured in a process of just 5 nanometers. THE Bloomberg says Apple is working on a model with 12 high-performance 8 cores, 4 focused on energy efficiency. And it?s a system-on-a-chip (system-on-a-chip, or SoC) combining CPU and GPU, clear.
Comparatively, there are now MacBook Air models with only two cores (dual-core), and MacBooks Pro with four (quad-core). That is, right away Apple would be bringing chips with a lot more internal cores and it has plans to work on even more powerful models, of course. The manufacturing is expected to be the responsibility of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which a while ago stole most of Ma's orders for chip making from Samsung.
The migration from Macs to chips with the same technology as iPhones and iPads should bring the two platforms even closer together, but the operating systems will remain independent. With the Mac Catalyst, launched last year, Apple started to allow apps to be easily ported from iPadOS to macOS, which may mean in the future that the two app and game stores will be merged.
If all of that is going forward, and considering that Apple this year will most likely return to using Qualcomm modems on iPhones, we are seeing the beginning of the end of a long partnership between Ma and Intel.