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Apple & Intel Cutting New Deals

Apple is back talking to Intel with insiders tipping a new relationship and a multibillion-dollar deal to supply next generation processors for Apple MacBooks.

According to sources Apple is struggling to supply M2 processors for their next generation of MacBooks a problem that has led them to re commence talks with Intel.

Recently Apple’s second generation of custom ARM processors entered mass production however sources in Asia have told ChannelNews that Apple could soon release new products with Intel processors while also getting Intel to manufacture their own processor.

One source claim that retailers will be offered MacBooks with the next-generation M2 chip as well as models with a new Intel processor.

Apple’s next processor called the M2, is expected to be another system-on-chip (SoC), with the CPU, GPU, and RAM integrated onto the same board.

Intel could also end up manufacturing Apple’s own chips for the big iPhone and MacBook manufacturer a move that some analysts claim, “makes sense”.

Sources claim that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are rumoured to be the first Apple computers to get the next-gen processor.

Apple’s current-gen M1 processor powers the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the Mac Mini, and the new 24-inch iMac and 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros.

There were rumours about a 12-core SoC being used for the new iMacs, but Apple announced the desktop would get the same M1 processor as all the other devices.

Announcements are set to be made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 8 AET.

Intel’s Iris Xe graphics, which some observers claim is currently is the best integrated GPU out there could be used by Apple in some models.

According to Bloomberg, the internal testing of the new Apple processors is a “key step” in the development process, and it suggests that the machines could be released in the coming months.
We have heard multiple rumours about a new MacBook Air, an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, a Mac Pro, and a new Mac mini, but this is the first we are hearing of a possible 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh this year.

Prior rumours have suggested that we can expect to see the MacBook Air, low-end MacBook Pro, and Mac mini come out in 2022, and Bloomberg has previously said that at least two Macs will launch mid-year, perhaps at WWDC.

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