Apple is reportedly planning to replace Intel chips with its own processors in future generations of Mac computers.
The move would represent a major knock to the US chipmaker, which depends on Apple for around five per cent of its annual turnover. Intel’s shares fell 9 per cent on Monday after Bloomberg broke the news.
Sources “familiar with the plans” told the business news site that embedding Apple’s chips into Macs would enable them to work more seamlessly with iPhones and iPads.
The transition could come as soon as early 2020, according to Bloomberg. Apple’s other devices are already supported by processors designed by the firm and based on architecture from Cambridge’s Arm Holdings. It’s expected Macs would follow suit.
The move would make Apple the only major computer manufacturer in the world to use its own processors. The firm declined the opportunity to comment to Bloomberg about the reports, while Intel said it did not comment on speculation about its customers.