You know what they say about never, right? Never say never. That said, we can be certain that Apple will never dump Intel in the Mac. Apple might buy Intel first, but that’s an entirely different issue.
What’s the deal? Intel Inside the Mac has helped Apple’s iconic PC line to grow to record levels, but the company suffers for two basic reasons. First, because Intel keeps getting lost on its own roadmap to the future and newer faster chips are years behind schedule. Second, Apple’s iPhone and iPad. with its own in-house design– the A-series Bionic CPUs– already outperforms more than 90-percent of all Windows-based PC notebooks.
Doesn’t it make sense for Apple to dump Intel Inside and go with its own chips? No.
Apple could dump Intel in a number of ways.
First, Apple could dump Intel for its own CPUs. Second, Apple could dump Intel for AMD’s Ryzen chips. The first choice is problematic because Apple does not yet have a line of chips to compete with Intel’s professional chips, including those in the iMac Pro and soon-to-ship Mac Pro.
Apple needs Intel Inside because many Apple customers run Windows inside, too.
The second choice is less problematic for because AMD’s chips are essentially Intel-designed chips capable of running macOS, Windows, various flavors of Linux, etc. but with greater performance and are more power efficient. That means they will run faster and cooler than similar Intel chips.
Finally, there is the grab bag of graphics processor units. GPUs. Intel’s own built-in GPUs are not exactly industry leading, and Apple’s own internally designed GPUs have not been market tested to compete with either Intel or AMD.
It makes more sense for Apple to put the squeeze on Intel by shipping a line of Macs with its own AMD-based A-series Bionic-like chips inside, a line of high end Macs with Intel Xeons inside, and then mid-range Macs and pro-level Mac notebooks with AMD inside.
So, never say never, right?