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Why Apple’s Macs can now ditch Intel x86

July 24, 2019

Rapid changes in the chip industry over the past five years

Five years ago, I wrote “Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving Intel Macs to custom ARM chips.” While those factors did explain why Macs haven’t transitioned to ARM processors yet, things have materially changed over the last five years.

Apple originally moved Macs to Intel for good reasons. In 2006 Apple didn’t have any significant in-house chip design team and it didn’t have vast capital to go out and develop its own chip technology.

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