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Apple Works On Its Own Chips For The Mac

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Apple continues to expand the production of its own chipsets. According to Bloomberg sources, the Mac will also get an Apple processor on board.

Apple processor in your MacBook

According to Bloomberg , Apple is busy designing its own chips for the MacBook. The company has been making chips since 2010: iPhones and iPads have an Apple A chipset under the hood from the iPhone 4 . MacBooks have been running on Intel hardware for quite some time, but that seems to be changing now.

Currently there are two Macs with their own Apple chips: the MacBook Pro (2016 and newer)and the iMac Pro. The first one contains its own hardware to control the Touch Bar, while the power management of the iMac Pro is controlled by an Apple coprocessor. It seems to be a matter of time until the central processors no longer come from the Intel factory, but are made by Apple itself.

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One of the hurdles Apple still has to take is the problem of the architecture of its chips. This is, in short, the rules that are used when making calculations by the processor. Generally, PCs and Macs with Intel or AMD processors use an x86 architecture , which only the companies Intel and AMD have a license for.

If Apple uses the same arm architecture for its own chips as on the iPhone, many Mac apps no longer work because they are written for a different architecture. This can be resolved by translating old Mac apps to another architecture while they are running, but that may cause performance problems.

Switch to Intel

How Apple addresses this problem is not entirely clear. In 2006, Apple announced to use Intel chips from now on, moving away from the PowerPC chips that used to be in the Mac. So it does not seem logical for Apple to take such a big step again. Nevertheless, the company from Cupertino is making more and more hardware itself: the company may therefore find a solution for existing x86 software.

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