For the last half decade or so, Apple has been developing its own ARM-based CPUs for its iPhone and iPad products. With experience acquired in a number of acquisitions, the company has been able to better control the timing of its annual product launches and focus the development of its hardware in concert with the chips at its core.Though Apple relies heavily on third-party firms like Foxconn and Samsung to source raw materials, plus build and assemble its products, it prefers to do as much of the design and development as it can in-house. Apple has used Intel chips in its Macintosh products for some time, changing over from IBM and Motorola-made PowerPC chips in 2006. This switch was largely made because Apple was a very low-volume consumer of the PowerPC chips, and it could not ensure continued development of its machines to keep pace with Windows/Intel machines.Apple was still somewhat at the mercy of a third party (Intel, in this case), but at least its interests were well-aligned with its partner company, as both firms were looking to drive the PC market forward. However, when it came time to launch the iPhone and iPad, Apple chose to go with… Read full this story
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