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The iMac Pro, like all current Macs, is powered by Intel chips. Photo: Apple

Apple could switch to homegrown processors for its Mac line by 2020, supplanting Intel, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Why it matters: Switching to its ARM-based line of chips would offer Apple the potential for cost savings, battery life improvement and increased similarity between Macs and iOS-based devices. However, it will have to overcome performance and compatibility challenges.

Intel declined to comment on the report. An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.

Apple has a history of having its operating systems capable of running on more than one type of chip. For years before it switched to Intel, Apple developed OS X for the chips even as it continued to release Macs running on PowerPC processors.

Things are even closer today, with iOS and MacOS already being very similar despite running on different chips. Plus, Apple has been increasingly including ARM-based chips to handle some functions in the Mac, such as the Apple-made chip that powers the Touch Bar on the current MacBook Pro.

Last year, in a briefing with reporters, Apple executives said they had no plans for Macs powered solely by ARM-based processors.

But, but but: Apple is not known for talking about the future and it would be surprising if they weren't testing the viability of ARM-based Macs.

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3 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, is pictured outside the John Joseph Moakley United State Courthouse in Boston on March 25, 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

4 hours ago - Health

CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

Photo: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.

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