Apple set to ditch Intel processors for ARM early next year

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It's no secret that Apple has been considering ditching Intel processors for its Mac and MacBook devices in favour of its own ARM-based CPU, and now it seems like the company will make the move as soon as next year.

According to the Axios website, developers and Intel insiders have privately revealed that Intel expects Apple to move to custom ARM-based chips in 2020.

This follows reports that Apple is looking to make it easier for iPad and iPhone apps to run on Macs. As we noted a few days ago, Apple wants developers to be able to build a single app once and deploy it to all of Apple’s device platforms simultaneously by 2021. One way of ensuring this is if Macs, iPhones and iPads all run on similar ARM-based processors.

Intel from Intel

While we’ve known that Apple has been looking to move from Intel CPUs for a while now, the fact that Intel is now apparently bracing itself to be dropped from Mac devices by 2020 makes it more likely that we will see non-Intel Macs as early as next year.

The move to an entirely new processor architecture won’t be easy – especially considering software compatibility – but it gives Apple an even tighter grip on the hardware that powers its Mac computers.

Perhaps we’ll hear more about Intel-free Macs at Apple’s WWDC 2019 event in June.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.