Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Sep 2017 20:49 UTC

Industry sources and analysts suggest that Apple is keen to expand its semiconductor capabilities further. They say the company is interested in building core processors for notebooks, modem chips for iPhones, and a chip that integrates touch, fingerprint and display driver functions.

Apple is building ARM laptops. The interesting question is whether they'll run iOS or macOS.

My money's on the former.

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Comment by Auzy
by Auzy on Fri 29th Sep 2017 21:14 UTC
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If anyone remembers when Apple made their own first touch sensor on the last series of PowerBooks, they'd realise that this isn't a huge threat at all. That was literally the worst touchpad ever.

The harsh reality is that Apple is only an integrator really. They won't be able to simply build a chip and it will work flawlessly. They probably barely design the CPUs ..

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RE: Comment by Auzy
by tidux on Fri 29th Sep 2017 21:24 in reply to "Comment by Auzy"
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How's life in 2006? I hope you're not holding much housing debt. Apple has been making their own ARM SoCs for the iDevices for a long time now.

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RE[2]: Comment by Auzy
by Auzy on Sat 30th Sep 2017 03:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by Auzy"
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No.. TSMC and Samsung does.

And in all likelihood, TSMC likely provides them with a lot of help for the design of the chip too (ie, they likely take the top reference design at the time and make modifications).

I think you've been sold into the marketing where Apple stands up on stage and tells you they made their own processor. It's really not that simple..

They make software and they mainly integrate.

Edited 2017-09-30 03:39 UTC

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RE: Comment by Auzy
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 29th Sep 2017 21:37 in reply to "Comment by Auzy"
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...this is either a really terrible troll or my sarcasm detector is broken.

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RE[2]: Comment by Auzy
by tylerdurden on Fri 29th Sep 2017 23:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Auzy"
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If you haven't noticed already, a lot of posters in techie sites assume their lack of knowledge in the field is authoritative.

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