Rumours circulate that Apple will use its own chips.

Rumors are circulating in tech circles that Apple is allegedly about to announce that it will stop using Intel processors in its Mac computer line from as early as 2020.

Instead Apple is reportedly intending to replace Intel chips with its own in-house designed processors, in a process that would mirror the way iPhones and iPads are currently manufactured.

Apple may be ending its relationship with Intel.

Move would end successful Intel/Apple relationship.

Kicker

If the announcement proves to be real, it will come as something of a kick in the face to Intel. The chip manufacturer’s partnership was a major factor in helping revive Apple and turning the Mac series of computer’s into a success story, and helped revive Apple’s fortunes.

At present, Apple is supposedly responsible for about 5% of Intel’s annual revenue, according to Bloomberg.

Calamari?

No, Kalamata. The project for Apple using all its own chips in the future has been codenamed Kalamata, if insiders at Apple are to be believed. The move will form part if Apple’s larger strategy to have all of Apple’s devices (Macs, iPhones, iPads etc) to work and integrate seamlessly together.

As rumors gathered pace, shares in Intel dropped 6% last week, leading to a further fall in almost all tech stocks as a whole, following the Facebook scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

Almonds?

No, Marzipan. I thought you said it was Kalamata? No, Kalamata is the apparent codename for making all the chips for Apple devices in-house. Marzipan, on the other hand, is the alleged codename for a new Operating System that Apple may release before the end of 2018. Marzipan would allow its users to run iPhone and iPad apps on Macs, and vice versa, natively.

Intel has dominated the computing processing world for the best part of 20 years, and most Windows based computers and laptops use Intel processors.