Opinion: An Intel-free Mac in 2020 might seem unlikely, but it is coming soon

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It’s almost exactly a year since I last discussed the possibility of Apple ditching Intel in favor of Macs powered by Apple-designed CPUs. I argued then that it was a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if,’ echoing a view earlier expressed by my colleague Chance.

Bloomberg yesterday suggested that the ‘when’ might be 2020. That might seem like an ambitious timescale, but I do firmly believe two things. One, Apple is already running ARM-based Mac prototypes internally. Two, if it doesn’t happen in 2020, it won’t be too long afterwards …

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Apple reportedly plans to ditch Intel’s processors entirely by 2020

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Apple has been developing specialized chips for handling certain functions in its phones and computers for the past couple of years, and it’s now planning to take things up a notch: Bloomberg reports that the company is gearing up to make all its processors in-house by 2020, and ditch its long-time supplier Intel in the bargain. That could be huge for Apple – and maybe not the end of the world for Intel, which has been supplying the Cupertino-based firm with processor tech since 2005. Apple’s business accounts for just 5 percent of Intel’s revenue, so it wouldn’t be a…

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Apple Plans to Ditch Intel to Create First-Party Mac CPUs By 2020

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Apple is planning on producing and using its own first-party chips for Macs, starting as early as 2020. The initiative is codenamed Kalamata, but is still in the early stages of development, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Project Kalamata is reportedly part of a larger push to make all of Apple’s devices work […]
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Apple To Use Its Own Processors In Macs Instead Of Intel’s From 2020

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It has been a rumor for as long as we can remember, but we now have the closest thing to confirmation yet – Apple is planning to ditch Intel as the CPU manufacturer for its Mac computers as of 2020, according to a new report.

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Intel shares drop on report that Apple will move Macs to in-house chips in 2020

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Apple is actively planning to move away from using Intel-series processors in its Macintosh computers, according to a new report today from Bloomberg. The move to Apple in-house chips is expected to take place in 2020, and the story led Intel’s stock to drop as much as 9.2 percent since the its publication. Shares have since recovered some of…Read More
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Apple will reportedly replace Intel chips in Macs with its own in 2020

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Apple has been manufacturing chips to use in its Macs for a while now, though the ARM-based silicon mostly backs up Intel's main CPUs during laptop "Power Nap" sessions. The company also makes its own silicon for iOS and Apple Watch devices. Now, acc…
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Apple reportedly moving to in-house Mac chips in 2020

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According to a new report, Apple is planning on changing the processors it uses in its Macs in the next few years. Currently, the company exclusively employs Intel processors in all of its Macs, but starting with 2020 Mac models, it will reportedly be utilizing its own chips instead.

From Bloomberg:

The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple’s devices — including Macs, iPhones, and iPads — work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition.

Apple currently designs the processors that reside in the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, and HomePod. These devices all utilize A-series processors, a line first used in 2010 with the introduction of the first iPad, followed later that year by the iPhone 4.

A switch away from Intel processors to its own custom silicon would be the second such transition that Apple undertook in the last 20 years. The first was in 2006 when the company began transitioning Macs from PowerPC chips to Intel chips with the launch of its first Intel Macs, including the very first model of MacBook Pro.

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Apple is expected to ditch Intel’s x86 architecture using its own chips in the Mac as soon as 2020, with the fruits of project "Kalamata" similar to a move that it has pulled twice before.
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Waymo Plans to Deploy The Largest Fleet of Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

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Hypothetical bumper stickers from the year 2020: “AI, take the wheel!” and “How is my car driving?”

That is to say, autonomous cars are coming. And, in spite of some recent setbacks, it seems inevitable. Dozens of companies have poured millions of dollars (and several lawsuits) into their technology. Now one of the few questions still undecided: which company will dominate?

Alphabet spinoff Waymo is making a pretty serious bid for it. The company recently revealed an “electrifying partnership” (their words, not ours) with Jaguar Land Rover.

The self-driving car company plans to deploy up to 20,000 high-end vehicles by 2020. Compare that to its current fleet of 600 self-driving Chrysler minivans and you get a sense of the staggering scale (and pace) at which Waymo plans to level up.

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The vehicle in question — a $ 69,500 Jaguar i-Pace announced earlier this month — brings the fight right to Tesla’s door. The Jag will appeal to an audience that has been salivating over Tesla’s most recent offerings, and cost almost $ 10,000 less than the Tesla Model X.

If Waymo succeeds, it will supplant General Motors, which hopes to produce a paltry 2,500 of its Cruise AV, its production-ready vehicle that features no steering wheel or pedals. But, importantly, GM might get there first — the company has filed for permission with the Department of Transportation in the hope of getting its Cruise AV on the road by 2019.

 

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Might that progress be slowed in light of the recent fatal incident involving a self-driving Uber car and a pedestrian?

Waymo chief executive John Krafcik was quick to distinguish Uber’s cars from Waymo’s.

“…We have a lot of confidence that our technology would be robust and would be able to handle situations like that,” he said at a convention panel at the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Clearly, the incident isn’t slowing Waymo down. In fact, since Waymo is exempt from the Arizona governor’s ban on Uber’s AVs, it could even motor past the competition. Waymo’s competing ride-hailing service is set to launch in Phoenix, Arizona later this year, though the exact launch date and rates have not been announced.

We’ll see whether, in the end, Waymo’s Jaguar i-Pace proves more appealing or luxurious to consumers who don’t want to ride around in a Chrysler minivan. Let’s face it: minivans are not that cool, even if they are self-driving.

 

 

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