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Apple May Soon Say Goodbye To Intel Chips

By April 18, 2018June 8th, 2022Technology News

Rumors have been circulating for years that Apple has plans in the works to cut Intel and their chips out of the equation, in preference for using their own custom chips in its laptops and desktop computers.  Their iPhones and other devices already use custom chips, and according to the latest buzz, the move is designed to foster seamless interaction and cross-compatibility across the entire Apple ecosystem.

Back when such rumors initially began circulating, it was believed that the driving force behind Apple’s desire to cut Intel out of the equation was simply that they were looking to increase their profits.  Under the conditions of the current arrangement, Apple pays 5 percent of its profits to Intel in exchange for use of that company’s chips.  That, combined with the fact that using Intel chips makes it relatively easier for competitors to copy Apple’s innovations combines to create a compelling reason.

Nothing has come of those rumors for more than a decade, but the most recent iteration of the rumor may have some teeth to it. This is considering Intel’s ongoing troubles with the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that impact all Intel chips made during the last decade.  Put that together with the above, and suddenly it seems like Apple has a lot of incentive to want to make a change.

The company’s stock took a hit on the heels of the rumor, but most in the Apple community feel it would be a net benefit to the company.  Not only would it give their products a competitive edge, but it would also allow Apple more control over their product development roadmap and ecosystem.

A recent Bloomberg report notes that Mac Pro laptops are slated to begin shipping with an Apple proprietary chip in the place of Intel’s hardware beginning next year.  In addition, according to the latest buzz, Apple plans to complete the transition across their entire product line by the year 2020.

More information on this topic as it becomes available.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.