In the current generation MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple implemented an ARM-based chip to power the Touch Bar, and now that scope may expand quite a bit.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently planning on rolling out future MacBook Pro models that feature ARM-based chips under the hood, which are meant to handle some low-power tasks that are currently handled by Intel’s chip for processing. The goal is to not only reduce some of Apple’s reliance on Intel for these chips, but also improve battery life in the MacBook Pro lineup at the same time.
However, while Apple is moving to ARM-based chips, it is not completely giving up on its connection to Intel. Specifically, the report says that Apple will still use Intel processors in its MacBook Pro lineup moving forward. Apple has been rumored in the past to be switching to ARM processors altogether, dating as far back as 2012, but that does not seem to be the case now.
The report also states that the chip, codenamed T310, has been in development since last year, and that it’s primary focus will be on low-power task management:
“The chip, which went into development last year, is similar to one already used in the latest MacBook Pro to power the keyboard’s Touch Bar feature, the people said. The updated part, internally codenamed T310, would handle some of the computer’s low-power mode functionality, they said. The people asked not to be identified talking about private product development. It’s built using ARM Holdings Plc. technology and will work alongside an Intel processor.”
Finally, the report indicates that Apple may launch these new ARM-based chips in upgraded MacBook Pro models released later this year.
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