It seems that Apple will succeed in replacing its fully-fledged Intel processors with its own product to match the new OS.

Apple to develop its own CPU
Apple to develop its own CPU

(— April 17, 2018) — Apple has begun to prepare the biggest change for their Mac computers. Starting in 2020, the company will allegedly replace Intel’s CPU with its own chips, the Bloomberg reports.

That opens many questions such as if this move is truly profitable.

Two historical facts can point out in which direction everything could go. In 1994, the Motorola 68000 processor inside Mac was replaced by PowerPC, which was produced by AIM in 1991. It was necessary for PowerPCs to be strong enough not to slow down the system. After just under two years, the implementation process was completed.

The situation was the same as in 1994. The Rosetta emulator, during a transitioning period from one to two years, saw the upgrade of their the entire range of products, introducing a completely new chip, upgrading the software and starting a new ‘Intel Inside’ period.

In 2020, 14 years after the launch of Intel products, a major change could occur. Apple will announce the chips they have created for Macs, currently powered by Intel processors. Given that they have the means to develop its own processors, this seems logical. However, it may not be that simple and here is why:

The first is that the situation would be more complex now compared to what it was in the 1990’s, because the requirements have changed, and the product range has increased.

The second reason why ditching Intel processors could be a bad idea is that the designing a CPU is not a simple task at all. The question is whether they can achieve the same quality and performance in this category?

Apple has enough resources to carry out this venture, though. Even if they failed producing its own processor unit by 2020, they have time and money to spend on alternate solutions.

Regardless of all resources, though, this chip will initially not be able to support Pro models. It would be very inconvenient, as part of the product would continue to rely on Intel’s processors. However, we can imagine a hybrid situation in which top-notch models will simultaneously use Intel’s high-capacity chips, and the weaker models will use Apple chips.

There is a great possibility that MacOS and iOS applications will be united in a new platform. It is possible that Apple will begin designing a processor for computers to be able to match the smartphone processors, creating a new world of equilibrium of hardware and software.