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Ina Fried Apr 2
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Report: Apple could drop Intel chips from Macs by 2020

iMac Pro
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.