In the not-too-distant future, the chip that powers your Mac computer won’t be made by Intel, according to a Bloomberg report. Instead, Apple is looking to develop its own chips by 2020, similarly to what it does for iOS devices.
The change would be a blow to Intel because Apple provides 5-percent of the chipmaker’s annual revenue. After Bloomberg’s report was published, Intel shares dropped by almost 10-percent.
Apple’s goal is to make its devices work more seamlessly together, Bloomberg reports. The rumor adds further weight to the idea that Apple is gearing up to introduce universal apps this year, allowing developers to create a single app that works across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
“The shift would allow the Cupertino, California-based Apple to more quickly bring new features to all of its products and differentiate them from the competition,” Bloomberg said. “Using its own main chips would make Apple the only major PC maker to use its own processors.”
Over the past few years, the ARM chips that power iOS devices have become increasingly powerful, allowing iPhones and iPads to execute complex tasks. The next evolution of that is to tackle Apple’s desktop family, but don’t expect a quick and sweeping transition. According to Bloomberg, the move will be part of a “multi-step transition.”
We’ll likely see Apple introduce a chip for its MacBook before Apple moves onto developing a processor for its more powerful desktop computers, such as the iMac Pro and Mac Pro—the latter of which has yet to be released.
Apple devices already work seamlessly together with features such as AirDrop, but by creating a chip for Mac devices, this integration between products could get even deeper.