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Apple will reportedly sell a new Mac laptop with its own chips next year

The new processors will be based on iPhone designs, according to Bloomberg.

We might see Macs with Apple's own processors in 2021.
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Apple will start selling Macs that use in-house processors in 2021, based on ones in upcoming iPhones and iPad Pros, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The company is apparently working on three of its own chips, suggesting a transition away from traditional supplier Intel.

The initial batch of custom chips won't be on the same level as the Intel ones used in high-end Apple computers, so they're likely to debut in a new type of laptop, the report noted. These processors could have eight high-performance cores and at least four energy-efficient cores, respectively codenamed Firestorm and Icestorm. 

It isn't the first we've heard about Apple moving to a homemade processor. Rumors have been swirling since 2018, and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly said in February that it's a critical element of the company's strategy, along with a 5G iPhone and iPads with midsize panel tech.

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Neither Apple nor Intel immediately responded to requests for comment.

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