While announcing its Q2 2019 results recently, Apple reported that its Mac revenue was down to $5.5 billion from $5.7 billion last year. The five percent decline in revenue was blamed on Intel by both CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri. According to a new report that has surfaced online, the main reason behind the delayed launch of the new MacBook Air was Intel.
According to an Apple source, Intel had failed to supply its latest generation Core processors to Intel, which led to the massive delay in the launch of the new MacBook Air. Apple had been using the 6th Generation Intel Skylake processors for the MacBook Air for this very reason. Had Intel provided Apple with its 7th Gen chips, the new MacBook Air may have debuted much sooner.
In order to end its dependence on Intel, Apple is currently working on its custom ARM processors for Macs. A report from Bloomberg recently claimed the custom chips development is codenamed Kalamata. However, the report suggested the first products using the custom processors will only be released in 2020.
As Apple has shown with its mobile processors, it certainly has the capability to design truly impressive processors. The Cupertino-based company’s latest A12X Bionic chipset achieves Geekbench scores on par with Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, which runs on an Intel Core i7 chip with six physical cores. In addition to great performance, the custom ARM-based processors will also allow MacBooks to offer improved battery life.
Even though the chances are not very high, there is a very small possibility of the first Apple Macs with its custom ARM processors making their debut at WWDC in San Jose. However, Apple is unlikely to switch completely to custom ARM-based processors anytime soon. Some of the MacBooks will likely continue using Intel processors for at least a few more years.