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Apple to replace Intel processors for Macs with in-house chips

Arm-based chipset to be produced by TSMC, sources say

The first Mac powered by Apple's own chips is expected to ship by the end of this year. (Photo courtesy of Apple)

SAN JOSE, U.S./TAIPEI -- Apple is to replace Intel processors used in Mac computers with chips designed in-house, similar to those already powering iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, in an important shift by the California-based tech giant.

The decision is a win for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world's largest contract chipmaker, which will deepen its relationship with Apple by producing chips for the next generation of MacBooks and other Mac computers, sources told Nikkei Asian Review. Currently, TSMC is Apple’s sole supplier for iPhone, iPad, and Airpods mobile processors. 

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