Apple reportedly wants to ditch Intel chips in Macs, hire its own SoC designer
4th Oct 2012 | 01:42
Designer sought by Apple
Apple is still reeling from its transition from Google Maps to iOS 6 Maps on the iPhone, but the Cupertino company looks as if it isn't finished making big changes with long-time partners.
Intel may be the next partner on the chopping block. Apple is reportedly considering moving away from using Intel's CPUs, according to two unnamed sources talking with Bloomberg Businessweek.
This would be a tremendous shift, as Intel's line of microprocessors are at the heart of all of Apple's current computers.
Apple's CPU experience
The second reason that the move wouldn't be unprecedented is that it wouldn't be the first major chip transition by Apple.
From 1994 to 2006, all of Apple's computers used the IBM-designed PowerPC chips before moving to Intel's line of CPUs.
Apple's SoC hiring tip-off
Adding to the theory that Apple may one day send Intel to the woodchipper is the revelation the company's looking to hire its own lead system-on-a-chip designer.
The "SoC Modeling Architect - Manager / Lead" job ad, picked up by TechCrunch, may simply have its sights set on a designer for a future A7 processor.
However, nothing in the description said that Apple is strictly looking for someone with a mobile background.
Whether or not Apple is looking for a computer-related system-on-a-chip designer now, there's growing speculation that it may be in the Mac-based chip design business in the near future.