For years , Apple has been working on developing chips to replace the Intel microprocessors used on Mac computers, according to five people with information who were not allowed to talk about it. They say Apple can announce its plans as soon as Monday 's company conference for developers arrives, with computers based on the new chips coming up next year.
Apple 's move is an indication of the growing power of the biggest tech firms to expand their capabilities and reduce their dependence on major partners who have provided them with services for years
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Apple 's partner for building similar components that it designs for iPhones and iPads, is expected to make Mac chips in Asian factories - an arrangement similar to Foxconn's use of Apple for assembling iPhones.
Some of their own chips are already being designed by other big tech companies like Amazon and Google, both for performance and potential cost reasons. Some functions, such as artificial intelligence and 3-D image rendering, can be performed more effectively on special-purpose circuitry, rather than the general-purpose microprocessors that are of Intel.
Making its own processors would give Apple even greater control over how Mac computers function. Macs have effectively used the same Intel chips since 2005 as most PCs do. The chips used in iPhones and iPads have always been designed by Apple,
Apple has built up a large chip-design department, building on a start-up of 150 staff, PA Semi, acquired in 2008. Many of them once worked at Intel, including Johny Srouji, who reports directly to Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive.
Microsoft, a long-standing Intel partner, already sells some laptop computers with Qualcomm's Arm-based chips, though analysts said their performance did not match that of Intel technology powered models. When the situation shifts, they add the Apple and Intel could become direct competitors, and will use their strong marketing to combat the technological arguments of each other.