Veering away from relying on Intel and Qualcomm
Soon enough, the next iPhones and MacBooks will no longer have chips made by the likes of Intel and Qualcomm. That means all chips–from core processors to AI processing chips, will be entirely made by Apple, according to a report by Nikkei.
The Cupertino company is leveraging its semiconductor ambitions in order to have better control of chip inventories, to trim down costs, and to optimize the hardware it needs for these chips. Recently, Apple has introduced its own AI chip for the iPhone X’s facial recognition feature.
The ambitious move is not surprising, considering Apple has been involved in several chip-related acquisition deals since 2008, with the latest being its ongoing efforts to purchase the memory chip unit of Toshiba.
In addition to these recent acquisitions, Apple is reportedly working on MacBook processors using the ARM architecture to replace the X-86 architecture used by Intel chips. That means we will be seeing Apple’s A-series chips in MacBooks in the near future.
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