Why Apple is making a transition to ARM-based chips

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Apple has announced that they’d be transitioning their entire line of Mac computers away from the Intel processors that currently power every Mac, to Apple’s own custom ARM chipset. This was a decision that many people expected to happen, but not everyone knows why Apple’s doing it. So why is Apple ditching Intel processors and moving to their own custom chipsets.

Apple like the freedom of being as independent as possible. It’s why Apple created their own operating system alongside the original Macintosh, instead of licensing Windows and relying on Microsoft to optimize and modernize the operating system.

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In 2010 when they introduced the iPhone 4, featuring Apple’s first custom-made A4 chipset. And the benefits of the iPhone’s transition to custom-made silicon, will also be enjoyed by the Mac. Have you ever wondered why iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches are updated on a regular basis, while MacBooks don’t have a predictable release schedule? That’s because Apple has to wait on Intel to release their new generation of processors.

And for the last five years, Intel has missed almost every release deadline. Which not only disappoints customers, but also frustrates computer manufacturers like Apple who have to delay their own product roadmaps. So breaking their dependency on Intel is a great reason for Apple to switch to ARM.

Just like with the iPhone, Macs can finally enjoy the benefits of being powered by a truly optimized chipset. That means no more thermal issues, no more processor throttling, and some of the best performance of any computer in the industry. Because remember, the iPad Pro featuring Apple’s A12Z chip, is faster than ninety-two percent of PC notebooks on the market today. And although Apple has yet to announce a new custom-made chip for the Mac, we can only assume that it’s performance will be even better than the iPad Pro.

it’s also worth considering how Apple’s own chipset could influence the design of their Macs. If there isn’t any thermal issues, Apple could possibly release a MacBook with smaller fans, or even no fans at all. And if Apple could optimize power consumption like they have on iPads and iPhones, we could potential see a reduction in the MacBooks battery size, while still providing 10 hours of use.

So in the best case scenario, a new ARM MacBook could feature a fan-less design with a smaller battery. Which would enable Apple to create dramatically thinner, lighter, and quieter Pro notebooks, something they’ve been trying to achieve for years.

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