The designs of Apple's products are often obsessed by people: their smooth glass screens, the edges of aluminum and stainless steel and the colorful designs. But one of the most attention-grabbing changes in Apple 's design might be inside rather than outside.
Apple is expected to announce plans to shift away from using Intel chips as the handling brains for its Mac computers on Monday. Rather it would switch to its own chips, using the same foundation as its A-Series processors, which have been powering iPhones and iPads since 2010.
It is expected that the announcement will come as part of a keynote speech opening Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference of Apple, or WWDC. The event takes place entirely online in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led governments around the world to order individuals to stay at home, cancel events and temporarily shutter businesses. It is also expected that Apple will announce new updates to its iOS iPhone software, MacOS software for Mac computers, iPadOS for tablets and WatchOS for Apple Watch.
But the transition from Intel to its own chips will attract the bulk of attention given the seismic shift toward its computers and the implications for how they will evolve in the years to come. Mobile processors are supposed to be more power efficient, offer always-on capabilities found on a smartphone and work better with cellular capabilities, even though questions remain about their ability to power a full-fledged computer and sophisticated programs. Further down the line, the shift could eventually bring Apple's door to merging its iOS and MacOS platforms, as they'd run on the same chip designs, though the company has often said it won't.
The move away from Intel has been a foregone conclusion for many Apple watchers. For years , Apple has been praising its A-Series chip performance, arguing in 2019 that the iPhone 11's A13 Bionic chip was the highest-performance chip ever on a phone.
"Our Apple-designed chips have led the industry for years," said Kaiann Drance, now Apple 's marketing vice president at the time. Now it is expected that Apple's chips will start powering its laptops too.
The European Union has also launched two investigations into Apple, including one triggered by Spotify 's complaint about the high fees that the tech giant charges, and another about Apple 's restrictions on developers to inform them about payment options that are cheaper outside the app.
The biggest rumored changes are for iPhones and iPads, for which Apple could allow more home screen customization, better multitasking, and better augmented reality technology. The AR technology, which uses the camera and screen of a phone or tablet to overlay computer-generated images on the real world, is said to be a first step towards Apple eventually announcing AR-enabled glasses sometime this year.
The company is also rumored to be ready to launch new iMac desktop computers, with more powerful Intel chips, to tide users until next year's changeover to its own chips. The company may even announce that its aforementioned Air Power charging mat can be ready for release