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Will This Game-Changing Apple Inc. Rumor Ever Happen?

Rumors of Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) exploring ARM-based Macs have persisted for years, with a recent report from MacBidouille renewing speculation. Apple allegedly has iMac, Mac Mini, and MacBook prototypes running off of its own A-chips. Talk of Apple using its own chips has been around since at least 2011, but a lot has changed since then. Specifically, Apple has taken its chip prowess to unprecedented levels in terms of sophisticated designs as well as raw performance.

Apple's chip capabilities have skyrocketed in recent years, thanks in part to moving to custom designs. That's a potential threat to Intel  (NASDAQ: INTC  ) , who would be displaced as the current Mac processor vendor. Intel likely has plenty of time before it has to start worrying though, as any transition would take many years to materialize, if at all. Even then, Intel has been working aggressively to win Apple's foundry business so it could make up for lost chip revenue with foundry revenue.

In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses Apple's possible ARM-based Macs with Evan Niu, CFA, our tech and telecom bureau chief.

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  • Report this Comment On May 27, 2014, at 4:57 PM, guest1 wrote:

    Sorry it will never happen. As all of the other Fabs run out of money / manufacturing prowess for node shrinks INTC and Sammie will be the only game in town. Also unless this processor can move with the same amount of volume that iphones and ipad do who would want to produce it?

  • Report this Comment On May 27, 2014, at 6:04 PM, twolf2919 wrote:

    "Even then, Intel has been working aggressively to win Apple's foundry business" - where did you get this from? I haven't seen any evidence/news that would suggest that INTC is eager to manufacture ARM chips for AAPL.

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Evan is a Senior Technology Specialist at The Motley Fool. He was previously a Senior Trading Specialist at a major discount broker. Evan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a CFA charterholder.

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