Apple is reportedly planning to announce plans to power its Mac computers with its own processors instead of Intel chips, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The announcement may come during Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2020, which begins June 22. Apple’s switch away from Intel has been expected for years, but the move would still be a big deal.
It means that Apple can build its computers without waiting for Intel to develop a new processor. It also helps Apple stand out from competitors in the laptop market, such as HP, Dell Samsung, Microsoft and others that use the same Intel chips. If Apple builds a more powerful processor, it might attract consumers away from competing brands.
Intel declined to comment to CNBC on the report. Apple wasn’t immediately available to comment on the report. Shares of Intel were down about 1.5% in pre-market trading on the news.
Today’s Mac apps were designed to run on Intel chips, but Apple’s macOS Catalina software, which powers Macs and was released in October 2019, includes Apple’s Catalyst technology. It allows developers to bring iPad and iPhone apps to the Mac. One area Apple will need to discuss, however, is how developers who have written apps only for the Mac will be able to port those over to the new chips too. In theory, it should be easier for developers to make apps that run across all Apple devices once they’re all powered by the same chips.
This decision by Apple is revolutionary and it stands as an inspiration to other companies to produce and use their own processors and not to depend on intel.