Apple makes the fastest smartphone processors on the market and the company has been claiming for years that its iPad Pro tablets can outperform laptops with Intel processors at certain tasks.
So it’s not surprising that analysts have been claiming for years that Apple would eventually stop using Intel processors in its Mac computers and instead switch to its own ARM-based processors. The move would give the company more control over the performance of its laptop and/or desktop PCs and allow Apple to ensure that the hardware and software work together seamlessly.
While it’ll probably be a while before Apple ditches Intel altogether, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that we could see the first Mac with an ARM-based processor as soon as 2021. The company is said to be working on new processors that will most likely be used in upcoming MacBook laptops.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Apple Aims to Sell Macs With Its Own Chips Starting in 2021 [Bloomberg]
According to Bloomberg, Apple will launch its first ARM-based Macs in 2021. Code-named “Kalamata,” the chips are expected to be 5nm, 12-core processors based on the upcoming Apple A14 chip and manufactured by TSMC.
- Wi-Fi is getting its biggest upgrade in 20 years [The Verge]
WiFi 6E is coming. By opening up a large swath of 6 GHz spectrum, it should lead to less congestion and faster speeds. Expect new routers and phones featuring WiFi 6E in late 2020 followed by tablets, TVs, and laptops, probably in 2021 and 2022.
- The New HDHomeRun QUATRO 4K [Kickstarter]
SiliconDust launches a Kickstarter campaign for the new HDHomeRun Qutro 4K TV tuner, which will let you record up to 4 TV shows at once at up to 4K resolution using an over-the-air antenna… once broadcasters start using ATSC 3.0 signals.
- Quibi downloads reach 2.7 million, TV feature to start in May [Reuters]
After launching as a mobile-only video streaming app, Quibi plans to add a cast-to-TV feature. Support for TVs only be available to *some* users when it begins rolling out in May.
- T-Mobile’s 5G network will get a boost from Sprint spectrum [CNET]
Now that Sprint and T-Mobile are merging and preparing to roll out broader 5G coverage… it looks like folks who bought Sprint 5G phones last year may be out of luck. The Galaxy S20 5G series phones will support the new network. other phones won’t.