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Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips

By The New York Times

November 11, 2020

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Apple's breakup with Intel has begun.

Apple unveiled a new series of Mac computers on Tuesday that use processors it created for the first time. Since 2005, Apple has relied on Intel to make the processors that underpin Apple's laptops and desktop computers, meaning those computers used virtually the same chips as many other PCs.

The move away from Intel was the latest sign of the growing power and independence of the technology industry's largest companies. Apple is large enough and rich enough to design and make those chips itself. Apple has already made the chips inside iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch, and now it creates essentially all major parts of the Mac, from the software to the hardware to the components that power the computer.

Apple had announced the transition in June, and said then that it would show off the first Macs with Apple processors later this year. Apple said on Thursday that it was making "a family of chips" and that it would take two years to transition all of its Mac computers to the new components.

Apple announced new Macbook Air and Macbook Pro laptops, as well as a new Mac mini desktop computer. All of the computers went on sale on Tuesday.


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