Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Apple may launch three Macs with its own chips

Apple may launch three Macs with its own chips

A Bloomberg report published today claims that Apple Inc. will soon launch at least three new Mac personal computers with custom coprocessors created to provide better security for users. Details on these machines are scarce as they are presented as tidbits as part of a larger article on Apple's chip division.

Previous rumours have suggested we can expect a new 13-inch entry level Apple MacBook later this year.

Speaking with 'a person familiar with the plan, ' Bloomberg reports that - as follow-ups to the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and iMac Pro - these updated Mac models with new co-processors will include fresh laptops and a new desktop.

These coprocessors will reportedly be similar to the T2 and T1 chips in the iMac Pro and the 2016 MacBook Pro respectively.

Regarding laptops, other rumors have suggested that MacBook Pros are not due for a major update this year. In 2017, we saw the firm launching iMac Pro with T2 co-processors. It would be odd for Apple to stick to "A11" chips for year-end iPads as presumably the new iPhones will house A12 internals.

Apple making its own chips for Macs could mean faster processing, more power efficiency and a lower price for the consumer. But perhaps the most important thing here is that it seems to move Apple ever closer to using its own chips as the core processor inside the Mac. One day, Apple could make the actual CPUs inside Mac computers, although this would require a complicated transition away from the x86 architecture to ARM. Hiring of Qualcomm employees by Apple suggests it could also be working on its own modems for its iPhones, tablets and watches too.

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