Apple Equipping Its Macs With ARM Processors or Touchscreens Is Still a Distant Dream

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Apr 5, 2017
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With Intel currently developing state-of-the-art mobile processors for notebooks and portable machines, it looks like Apple is left with no choice but to rely on the chipmaker for the foreseeable future as far as its Mac lineup is concerned. There was a report suggesting that the tech giant was developing its own ARM-based processor for its notebook to exhibit better battery life, but it still looks like that chip is going to be handling the secondary tasks, leaving the taxing applications for the Intel CPU to tackle.

No ARM-Based Processor or Touchscreen Displays for Apple’s Mac Lineup for Now

The ‘Pro’ name on Apple’s MacBook Pro was designed to attract creative professionals and content creators and to fulfill their daily agenda, and you need portable notebooks that can deliver exorbitant levels of processing power while giving you substantial battery life at the same time. For this purpose, Apple continued its partnership with Intel. AMD, on the other hand, is back with a bang with its Ryzen lineup but the company has not yet introduced a processor dedicated for notebooks, leaving the California-based giant with no other alternative in sight.

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It was reported that Apple wanted to use Kaby Lake chips for its MacBook Pro 2016 lineup, but Intel had not prepared that specific batch for the new notebook family, leaving it with Skylake processors to fend for. That might have put a strain on Apple’s relationship with Intel, but the latter is definitely going to be careful now that AMD has shown that it can challenge its rival’s high-end and mid-ranged CPU categories.

According to Axios, the company currently has no plans to incorporate touchscreens or an ARM processor on its Mac series of products.

“The company has no plans for touchscreen Macs, or for machines powered solely by the kind of ARM processors used in the iPhone and iPad. However, executives left open the possibility ARM chips could play a broader role as companion processors, something that showed up first with the T1 processor that powers the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro.”

We feel that this is a good decision since Apple has not even scratched the surface when it comes to desktop and notebook chip development. For smartphone and tablet SoCs, we have seen Apple’s engineering capabilities, so the company will keep its forte limited to mobile devices for now.

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Do you think Apple has done the right thing by not using ARM processors and touchscreens for its future Mac family? Let us know in the comments.

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