Apple is developing a new in-house chip for use in future MacBook devices, according to a report at Bloomberg.
The ARM-based chip, codenamed T130, won't replace the Intel processors currently found inside Apple's laptops, but will instead follow in the footsteps of Apple's T1 chip that powers the Touch Bar feature on the firm's new MacBook Pro laptops, according to the report.
Bloomberg's sources claim that the Apple-made processor will be used to handle basic tasks, such as checking for email, installing updates and iCloud back-ups, while a MacBook is in sleep mode. Apple currently relies on the MacBook's main processor to handle these tasks, but by building a dedicated low-power processor, the firm could reduce battery consumption even further.
This move could come due to the number of complaints that Apple has received regarding the lacklustre battery life of its new laptops, which the firm has "fixed" by dumping 'time remaining' indicator. Er.
The report claims that the new chip could show up in new MacBook Pro laptops later this year, although Apple, much like it has done in the past, "may choose to not highlight the advancement".
Previous rumours have pointed to Apple launching a Kaby Lake-powered MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM in the second-half of 2017, alongside an upgraded 12in MacBook, and upgraded versions of its standard 13in and 15in MacBooks.
While Apple doesn't plan to replace the Intel processor found inside every MacBook with its own ARM processor just yet, much like it has done with the iPhone since 2010, Bloomberg reports that the shift could be the first step towards a move away from Intel processors entirely, albeit not in the near future.
Both Apple and Intel declined to comment on the speculation.
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