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Apple is said to be developing an ARM based chip to augment some of the functionality on its next generation MacBook line of notebooks. The company wants to enhance the power nap functionality of the notebooks by using an ARM chip in addition to the primary Intel processor.
It is to be mentioned that Apple uses Intel’s silicon on its Mac line of products, however, in 2016 it added an ARM chip for the new MacBook Pro models which had the new Touch Bar. The ARM processor which has been designed and developed by Apple’s in-house chipset team led by John Srouji who leads the hardware technologies division at Apple is said to be called T310 internally.
The company released its first Mac SoC the T1 which powers the operating system behind the touch bar user interface and also houses a secure enclave for the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the current MacBook Pro models.
With the T310, Apple is looking at augmenting the power nap capability of MacBooks. It is a feature which enables the notebook to update calendars, pull emails and download software updates while even its screen is off. Currently, Macs use Intel’s chips for this function, and they sip minute levels of power during power nap.
Apple is known for end-to-end control which has delivered it incredible success in the hardware space. Be it the iPhone, the iPad, Apple TV or even the iPods — its products have always been an interplay of software and hardware which are tuned to death so that they can work in concert with each other.
Since 2010 and the A4 chip on the iPhone 4, Apple’s team has built a capability like no-other hardware maker in the world. With the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple even managed to usurp Qualcomm and beat to releasing a 64-bit A7 ARM based processor.