CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (REUTERS) – Apple Inc is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp , Bloomberg reported on Monday (April 2), citing people familiar with the matter.
The initiative, code-named Kalamata, is still in early developmental stages but is part of a bigger strategy to make Apple’s family of devices work more similarly and seamlessly together, according to the report.
But while the laptop and desktop computer market has been in a years-long slump amid the rise of smartphones and tablet computers, Mac sales rose 4 percent in 2017. The growth in Mac sales came even as PC sales declined slightly to 259.5 million units, the smallest drop since 2011, according to data from research firm IDC.
For its part, Intel still depends on PC sales for slightly more than half its revenue, though the company is aiming to make more of its money from growing markets like data centers. Intel does not disclose how much of its revenue comes from Apple, but reported its PC segment overall generated $34 billion in 2017, up 3.3 percent from the year before on the strength of higher sales of notebooks and high-end gaming computers.