Much like how Apple brought its own in-house designed chips to its iOS devices, the company is planning to do the same for its Macs. Now, according to a report at Bloomberg, Apple is planning to replace Intel’s Mac chips with its own in-house designed, starting as early as 2020.
Bloomberg‘s sources say that the process to replace Intel processors, called Kalamata internally, is still well in its early stages, which is one of the reasons why the company don’t expect for the change to occur until 2020. It makes sense for Apple to go about this change, especially in the recent wake of high-profile security issues around Intel chip architecture.
“We think that Apple is looking at ways to further integrate their hardware and software platforms, and they’ve clearly made some moves in this space, trying to integrate iOS and macOS,” said Shannon Cross an analyst at Cross Research. “It makes sense that they’re going in this direction. If you look at incremental R&D spend, it’s gone into ways to try to vertically integrate their components so they can add more functionality for competitive differentiation.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Apple switches chips that power its computing devices. The company made the switch to PowerPC architecture in early ’90s and then to Intel in the mid-2000s.