Apple is actively working on Macs that replace Intel CPUs

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A new Bloomberg report claims Apple is working on its own CPUs for the Mac, with the intent to ultimately replace the Intel chips in its computers with those it designs in-house.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the project (which is internally called Kalamata) is in the very early planning stages, but it has been approved by executives at the company. The report says that Apple could ship computers based on its own processors as early as 2020, but the report also says this would be part of a “multi-step transition” in a larger effort to make iOS devices and Macs “work more similarly and seamlessly together.” Apple could still change or drop these plans in the future.

This is the latest in a long series of Bloomberg reports that has lifted the veil off of the inner workings and strategies at Apple, including a related story about a project the company has dubbed Marzipan. That project’s goal is to enable software developers to create and publish apps that would work in both iOS and macOS. An app would be usable with either a touchscreen or a mouse/trackpad, depending on which device is running it. Apple hopes to introduce that as early as this year; if it does so, it will likely be announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

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