A top level Intel executive has admitted that the company is taking seriously the long-running rumour that Apple is planning to replace Intel’s mainstream processors in some of its Mac range with their own A-series mobile chips.
There were reports a few months ago that Apple had tested a Thunderbolt MacBook Air with the iPad 2's A5 chip inside, giving results that were 'better than expected'.
According to a recent Cnet News report, when asked about the looming threat coming from Apple and ARM in the processor market for Mac products in the near future, Intel Ultrabook group director, Greg Welch claimed that the company is looking at the proceedings carefully. He also claimed that Intel is keen on innovating new ways to make its way into the iPhone maker’s future products as well.
"We hear the same rumors and it would be remiss of us to be dismissive. We endeavor to innovate so they'll continue to look to us as a supplier," he stated, AppleInsider reports.
If Apple does confirm the long-running rumours by switching from Intel and introducing their proprietary product lineup of A-series mobile chips, it could not only help the company get more control over its product-releases, but also add significantly to it’s intellectual property.