Apple may replace Intel chips in its Macs with iPad and iPhone tech

Apple could drop Intel processors from its computers, such as the iMac desktop range and MacBook Pro and Air laptops within a few years.

In their place, Apple would use chips of its own specification, similar to those used in the iPad and iPhone.

According to a lengthy article on Bloomberg, referring to “people familiar with the company’s research”, Apple engineers are said to be growing confident that the chip designs used in the company’s mobile gadgets will eventually become powerful enough to drive its high-spec laptop and desktop PCs.

As reported recently, Apple managed to double the processor speed of the iPad in its latest version by changing to the A6X, a variation of the iPhone 5 chip, which is based on ARM technology.

Apple switched from using PowerPC processors to Intel x86 processors in a surprise move in 2005. However, the rapid evolution of handheld devices, which are increasingly being called upon to function more like fully fledged PCs, means that capable but power-efficient chips may also have their benefits for slim desktops like the iMac, small PCs such as the Mac mini and, especially, thin laptops like the MacBook Air.

Apple MacBook Air
“Some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar,” notes the Bloomberg report. It goes on to suggest that, “If Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to offer the consumer of 2017 and beyond a seamless experience on laptops, phones, tablets and televisions, it will be easier to build if all the devices have a consistent underlying chip architecture.”

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