In the not-too-distant future, Intel is expected to finally launch its next-generation mobile Tiger Lake processors, with Xe graphics in tow (the same graphics architecture that will power its discrete GPUs). These chips will replace Intel’s current-generation Ice Lake stack for laptops and mini PCs like the NUC, but if the latest rumor is true, they may never find their way into some or even any of Apple’s Mac products.

Apple has been using Intel CPUs since 2005. A shift to ARM as this point would be a bigger deal than if Apple were to cozy up to AMD, because it is totally separate architecture. In a broader sense, it would represent a shift away from x86.

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