Apple Developing ARM-Based Mac Chip to Handle Low-Power Functions Alongside Intel Processors

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    Apple is developing a new ARM-based chip for its Mac lineup that would "take on more of the functionality" handled by Intel processors, reports Bloomberg.

    In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It's built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling "Power Nap" low-power mode functionality.

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    Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro uses an independent ARM-based chip called the T1 to power the Touch Bar, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the Touch Bar, and the secure enclave that stores payment and biometric data.

    According to Bloomberg's report, the upcoming ARM-based chip will "go further," connecting to storage and wireless components to take on additional power management capabilities.

    Apple could begin using the new chip in an upgraded version of the MacBook Pro set to launch later this year, but it could be introduced as a quiet update with little fanfare as the chip that powers the Touch Bar was not promoted by Apple.

    Despite Apple's plans to offload some tasks to a new ARM chip, Apple is said to have no intention of abandoning Intel chips in its laptop and desktop computers.

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  2. Wildkraut macrumors 6502a

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    A ARM coprocessor would rule, specially to simulate iOS apps in Xcode.
     
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    Looks like the Apple-is-Doomed circlejerk is going to need some extra courage in the coming months.
     
  4. Appleaker macrumors 68020

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    I figures this would happen. It makes a lot more sense and they could do a lot with it in the future. They could even allow developers to utilize it although they would have to be quite a lot more powerful.
     
  5. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

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    Or you know, instead of devoting more resources to this project, they could just put a *GASP* normal-sized battery in their laptops (and make them slightly thicker) and use those resources to update the Mac Pro, Mini, etc...
     
  6. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

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    Please come out by spring 2018! I need a laptop desperately and can wait till then but not much longer
     
  7. MysteriousStain macrumors member

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    Great news. Now just make it a bit thicker, allow us swap out ram and drives and put in a decent GPU.
     
  8. Stella macrumors G3

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    Makes more sense than switch to ARM from Intel CPUs.
     
  9. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Baby steps.
     
  10. Omega Mac macrumors 6502

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    I predicted this not so long ago on this very forum. You're welcome. :)
     
  11. iHack13 macrumors regular

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    Actually as soon as Apple realises that they save some energy, they immediately shrink the battery to make the device thinner.
    Does have an impact on power usage tho. Except one does consider himself a power user , when using the touchbar nonstop to post emojis.
     
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    I like it. More efficient power savings with stronger multi-tasking and singular focusing.
     
  13. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

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    Why it pays to wait.

    A lot of 2016 MacBook Pro users - why did I buy this again?
     
  14. mi7chy macrumors 603

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    MacOS doesn't have as large of a software ecosystem as, say, Windows so Apple can afford to risk switching CPU architecture away from x86-64 to ARM. Wouldn't be surprised if Apple follow Google Chromebook that's architecture agnostic and can run on x86-64 or ARM.
     
  15. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    I look forward to bringing in my 2016 MBP to an Apple Store to have one of these chips installed and get the battery life that was advertised.

    /s
     
  16. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

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    2018: Macs with lower power consumption but same battery life because they're even thinner.
     
  17. djcerla macrumors 68000

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    I actually want a thinner MBP. Seriously.
     
  18. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    Why not just use a MBA?
     
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  20. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Except incorporating an ARM chip potentially allows them to incorporate other iOS functionality in the future. If there ever is an 2-in-one Mac (I don't expect it) this is how they would do it.
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    There are likely already half a dozen ARM chips inside a MacBook (disk or SSD controller, wifi controller, trackpad controller, &etc.)
     
  23. navaira macrumors 68040

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    Give me that 13-14" rMB with ARM CPU that I crave. At €999.
     

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