Apple – dumping Intel chips by 2017?
Bloomberg reported today some rumors which seem to indicate that in the near future, Apple will renounce the partnership with Intel and will drop their chip architecture standard in favor of their own design. The year predicted for this transition has been set to 2017. Apparently Cupertino is slowly trying to distance itself from all collaborators in order to start in-house production of the units needed to build their popular devices.
Apple just introduced its own and very powerful Apple A6 ARM processor that comes with the iPhone 5 and the freshly released fourth generation iPad. But what the tech giant is really going after is implementing its processors and chips into future generations of desktops and laptops like the Mac line. By doing this Apple might end up inspiring others, but there’s no surprise there. Sergis Mushell an analyst working with Gartner Inc commented:
“Apple is a trendsetter, and once they did their own chip many others may pursue a similar path. “If mobility is more important than functionality, then we will have a completely different environment than we are dealing with today.”
Apple’s love affair with Intel started seven years ago, when Cupertino wanted to implement faster and cooler chips into their products. To do so, it dumped the partnership it had with Motorola Inc, and IBM. Apple plans to make increasingly smaller and thinner products without axing any performance parameters and producing their own chips might be a consequence of this trend.
When asked to comment on the matter at hand, spokesman for Apple, Bill Evans declined to answer and Intel indicated that all questions should go to Cupertino.
Source - Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel for Mac - Bloomberg