Apple has been developing its proprietary chipsets, the A-series, for quite some time for iPhones and iPads, and the rumor mill has long speculated that Apple would be moving to adopt that same idea for its Mac lineup as well.
In a new analyst note from TF Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, which was first reported on by AppleInsider on Wednesday, Apple is indeed still moving in that direction. The note states that Apple will be tapping TSMC to continue its role in supplying A-series chipsets in the future, including the upcoming “A13” in 2019 and the “A14” in 2020. There is no mention of an X-variant for the processor line in the initial report, with “A13” being replaced with “A14” just one year later.
Kuo also believes that Apple will be adopting its A-series processor within the Mac lineup in either 2020 or 2021. Kuo breaks things down into four factors as to why this is probably going to be the case in a few years, which include: Apple will have “full-stack control” over the Mac, just like it does with the iPhone and the iPad. The second and third factors comes in “lower expenses associated with building a Mac,” and “a higher market share from a potentially lower price”.
This particular rumor has cropped up quite frequently, and it does seem like the direction Apple could move in.
It is worth noting that Kuo does see a bit of a hiccup down the line, though, as the adoption of an A-series processor under the hood of the Mac lineup could lead to issues with virtualization (or booting Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system on Apple hardware), which is still a feature that some markets and industries rely on, including some pro users.
And finally, we may see the Apple Car launch in some capacity by 2023:
“Kuo also believes that Apple’s advanced driver assistance systems will get a TSMC chip at launch at some point between 2023 and 2025, with it supporting either high automation of driver’s tasks, or complete automation, including navigation and driving.”
Apple going all-in with its own chips makes perfect sense, and has always felt like a matter of time for the Mac family. And this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard the Apple Car could see the light of day in 2023, either.