Apple designing new chip for MacBooks
The report also indicates that Apple will look to enhance the Intel processors in its journey to create a new microprocessor for Apple Mac.
Also, Apple has been investing a lot into its own series of chips for the last seven years, and it even designed an ARM-based chip - the T1 - for the MacBook Pro last autumn.
According to the Bloomberg report, Apple's engineers are going to use the chip to offload resources from Intel's processors for the "Power Nap" mode, which turns on when the laptop is shut.
Thanks to its low power consumption, the new chip would become the backbone of the Power Nap, a feature in mac OS that allows users to retrieve email messages, install software updates and synchronize calendar appointments when the notebook is resting.
Apple is reportedly already busy building their own CPU to replace Intel chips in their MacBook Pro laptops. Since iPhones run on ARM based chips, Apple's T310 chip will not be any different than how it will work on those devices, since background tasks are performed much more efficiently on a separate ARM chip than an Intel one which is x86.
According to Business Insider Australia, Apple will be using its expertise in designing iPhone chips to develop chips for an upcoming MacBook Pro. Following suit from the 12-inch MacBook, the new MacBook Pros switched entirely to USB-C with the refresh. Apple is looking to change that with a new chip that could take up some more, heavier duties in the future.
Integrating two chips into the MacBook Pro will help in improving overall battery life optimisation, given this year's complaints about overall usage time.
It wouldn't be wrong to say that Apple is making efforts to position itself as a dominant force in the laptop industry. Bloomberg speculates that the T310 will take over those tasks, and manage activities that take place in Apple's "Power Nap" sleep state. It's quite likely that Apple might not market the feature as they already have a power saving feature in place.
While the current configuration uses very little power but Apple's chip will apparently conserve even more battery.
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