We’ve long been hearing rumors that Apple could ditch Intel chips and use its own ARM processors for Mac computers.
Now, these rumors could come true as, according to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple will announce its move to ARM chips for Mac later this month at its annual developer conference.
The initiative, which is known internally as Kalamata, will be announced at WWDC beginning June 22. However, the transition will begin starting next year, giving developers an ample amount of time to prepare for the change.
Apple may have made the decision after noting that the performance increase with each new generation of Intel chips is less and less. In addition, internal testing appears to have shown that Macs with custom ARM chips offer higher performance compared to Intel, as well as being more energy-efficient.
Apple could be working on at least three different custom processors, probably with different levels of performance. One of the Mac chips is based on the A14 processor that we will see in the iPhone 12. In addition to the main processing unit, it will also come with a GPU and a neural motor to handle machine learning tasks.
TSMC will manufacture Apple’s custom processors for Mac based on a 5nm process.