Apple Considering Moving Macs Away From Intel Chips

Apple has supposedly "deliberated" moving its series of Mac systems away from Intel processors.
However, the move apparently isn't "imminent." The details stem from a profile of Apple's CEO Tim Cook by Businessweek that cite two unnamed sources who are familiar with Apple's internal discussions.

Apple's interest of seeking new chips for its Mac lineup isn't the first time the firm has reportedly expressed it wants a new provider. Back in 2010, AppleInsider had heard that the firm held discussions with AMD, Intel's main competitor, about utilizing their chips instead for future Macs.

"Such a shift would be difficult and isn't imminent, though it would allow Apple to further distinguish its laptops and desktops from competitors that run Intel's chips and Microsoft's Windows software," said authors Brad Stone, Adam Satariano and Peter Burrows.

Although Intel powers Apple's Mac systems, the chipmaker is absent from iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

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  • orodos
    macbook+apu=$$. higher perceived performance due to the gpu & higher profit margins
  • jhansonxi
    Obviously would be a win for AMD. No real other option for x86 (forget about Via). I doubt they would want to go through the compatibility hassles again like when they abandoned PowerPC devices.
  • turtile
    I think Steamroller will make a lot of sense. Since they control the software, they could add GPU compute which would give it a major advantage.
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  • echondo
    And move to what? AMD? Their own man made CPUs?

    The next years iPhone is going to amazing! /sarcasm.

    And this starts the downward spiral of Apple!
  • rooseveltdon
    Lol and move to AMD? good luck with that...unless they start making their own chips they are not going anywhere
  • jhansonxi
    Obviously would be a win for AMD. No real other option for x86 (forget about Via). I doubt they would want to go through the compatibility hassles again like when they abandoned PowerPC devices.