Apple’s Next Macs May Feature a Custom-Built Secondary Processor


A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is currently developing an ARM-based processor that’ll be found in upcoming Macs, possibly in upgrades to the 2016 MacBook Pros. Mind you, this won’t fully replace current Intel chipsets found in the computers, but sit alongside the already-installed processors and act as a secondary chip which will be capable of running Apple’s custom tasks more efficiently and effectively.

According to Bloomberg, the chip is reportedly similar to the T1 chip which powers the Touch Bar and Touch ID in the new MacBooks and will be used for custom power-saving settings. A new feature currently known as “Power Nap” will allow email notifications, software downloads, and data synchronization to take place while your computer sleeps by operating solely on the custom ARM chipset rather being dependent on the Intel hardware. And since Apple will have full control over the chip, they can optimize it for better battery life while you’re not using your computer. So in other words, Apple really just wants to make the MacBook Pro’s batteries to last longer. Can you guess why?

If Apple were to implement the processor into their 2016 MacBook Pro, they’d have three different processors to handle: Intel, T1, and the custom ARM-based chip. Therefore, some may think it’d be easier to combine the efforts of the T1 and custom model to make one efficient chipset to control the various hardware elements of the Mac. Since the codename of the mysterious chip is T310, the possibility of this speculation coming true remains in play for sure as it would save both Apple and consumers money and create a more efficient piece of hardware, so this is definitely a valid guess. On the other hand, nowhere in Bloomberg‘s report is there a mention of a T1/T310 combination, so you may wanna take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

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