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Apple’s Next MacBook Could Be Touting Company’s Own Chip to Deliver Better Battery

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Feb 2, 2017
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Similar to the approach that Apple has taken with its iPhone and iPad lineup, the company has been reported to be working on a custom designed chip that has been rumored to find its way to the upcoming MacBook. This does not mean that Apple is going to severe the partnership with Intel, but it could signal that the California-based giant was going to cut dependency from the largest notebook and desktop manufacturer around.

ARM-Based Chip for Apple’s Upcoming MacBook Will Be Able to Deliver Far Greater Power Efficiency

One report coming from Bloomberg states that the chip based on ARM’s architecture went into development last year. More details state that it is similar to the T1 chip that’s already being used to power the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar feature and internally, the new chip has been codenamed T310. There are several reasons Apple would proceed with such a move. Overtime, Apple has attempted to depend less on hardware manufacturers and has decided to attain complete control over its products. With its smartphones and tablet family, the company has been able to achieve just that and with the upcoming MacBook, the direction would be maintained in the same path.

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Additionally, the new chip would be able to effectively handle the computer’s low-power mode functionality called Power Nap. According to the report, this is the level of functionality that the Power Nap feature is said to achieve:

“Apple engineers are planning to offload the Mac’s low-power mode, a feature marketed as “Power Nap,” to the next-generation ARM-based chip. This function allows Mac laptops to retrieve e-mails, install software updates, and synchronize calendar appointments with the display shut and not in use. The feature currently uses little battery life while run on the Intel chip, but the move to ARM would conserve even more power, according to one of the people.”

According to sources close to the matter, the chip is going to work in unison with Intel’s processors, suggesting that Apple is not yet ready to cut the cord with the former just yet. However, switching to an ARM-only-powered notebook will give Apple complete control over the software part of the product, as well as the product itself, but that will still take some time to achieve.

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