By Sumit Passary | Nov 07, 2012 11:21 AM EST
Apple plans to ditch Intel and implement a new version of chips into the Macs, according to reports.
Bloomberg reported that Apple is allegedly planning that mobile device chips will eventually run its computer lineup.
"Apple is a trendsetter, and once they did their own chip many others may pursue a similar path," said Sergis Mushell, an analyst at Gartner Inc. Mushell further added "If mobility is more important than functionality, then we will have a completely different environment than we are dealing with today."
Handheld tablets are now getting a similar functionality like PCs. It may not come as a surprise if computers begin to use chips, which run mobile devices like a tablet or a phablet.
Intel processors are currently much more powerful for running power hungry Mac applications. However, ARM processors may sooner or later become equally powerful to replace Intel chips.
Apple has seen major success in mobile computing, which has been pivotal to the rise of ARM technology and its integration into larger devices such as tablets. In the near future, Apple would possibly want to extend the success to its computer line-up as well.
"Making Apple's entire product line based on custom-built ARM-based processors would simplify the architecture of its devices, and also help to create a more seamless experience for users," reported Apple Insider.
Apple, it is purported, has a team that is dedicated towards the development and design of a line-up of machines that rely on a common chip design. Currently, Apple deploys a common chip design to its current line-up of iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
Bob Mansfield, SVP of Apple's new "Technologies" group, is leading the chip research, and Apple said that its semiconductor teams have "ambitious plans for the future."
The question now arises, that not if but when will Apple leave Intel for an alternative chip.
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