Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005.
While Apple is now committed to Intel in computers and is unlikely to switch in the next few years, some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar, two people said.
This isn't the first time Apple has been rumored to be considering a switch from Intel processors. Last year it was reported that Apple had a Llano based MacBook Air on the verge of production but canceled it because AMD couldn't supply enough chips.