Technology Apple gives Macs a brain transplant with new Arm chips
Apple supplier TSMC is reportedly building an Arizona chip plant
The firm makes Apple’s A-series chipsTSMC’s board made the decision to build the plant earlier this week at a meeting in Taiwan and may officially announced the plans as early as Friday, according to the WSJ. The plans call for the factory to begin producing the chips by the end of 2023. It’s not yet clear what financial incentives the company may receive from state or federal government, but the WSJ reports that the State and Commerce departments are involved in the plans. In addition to Apple, TSMC counts Nvidia and Huawei among its clients.
Apple is overhauling its Mac computers with its own Arm chips, close cousins to those it designs for its own iPhones and iPads. Moving away from the Intel processors it's used for the last 14 years is a historic change that disrupts software makers but that could appeal to customers who need better battery life.
"The Mac is transitioning to our own Apple silicon," Apple Chief Executive TIm Cook said Monday.
The company announced the change, , at its Monday, an online event that ordinarily draws thousands of programmers learning about the latest changes to writing programs for Macs, iPhones and iPads. Many of those programmers now will need to wrestle with the challenge of recreating their software for Arm Macs.
Hello ARM: Apple will announce abandonment of Intel Macs at WWDC 2020
© Apple Macbook Air (2020). The end of Macbooks with Intel processors is obviously within reach. Apple is due to announce the move to ARM at its in-house developer conference WWDC 2020 on June 22nd. Apple will apparently not only use the developer conference WWDC 2020 , which will only take place online for the first time, to announce iOS 14 , watchOS 7 and macOS 10.16 , but also to mark a break in the area of Macs.
Computer processors are some of the most complicated products on the planet, with billions of electronic components carefully arranged to balance performance and power consumption. Apple's A series processors, used in all its mobile devices and members of the Arm chip family, have consistently outpaced rival Arm designs used in Android phones.
Apple is now signaling that it's got the expertise to challenge Intel in the PC segment, where chips generally consume more electrical power but offer more computing power. It's betting that the likely advantages of Arm chips -- lower power consumption, lower costs and greater control over product plans -- will outweigh the disruptions.
Macs are influential PCs that command premium prices, but theyof computers being used today. Using its own Arm chips offers Apple a chance to cut costs dramatically -- , in the estimate of Moor Insights and Strategy .
Passing those lower prices on to consumers could help Apple compete better against Windows machines, particularly among cost-sensitive buyers like students.
"I think Apple should lower its prices, but I don't think it will," Moorhead wrote ahead of Apple's announcement.
ARM Macs put an end to Windows with Boot Camp .
© Apple macOS Big Sur brings Boot Camp only for Intel Macs. If you switch to an ARM Mac, you can no longer run Windows via Boot Camp. Apple and Microsoft have confirmed this. Earlier this week, Apple officially announced its move from Intel processors to its own ARM chips . What was not mentioned at the keynote of Apple's WWDC developer conference: This means that the possibility of running Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp is lost.