Apple announced in the middle of 2020 a big change that would be a landmark in its history, but also in the computer and processor industry. By deciding to separate from Intel after years of good and loyal service, the apple brand had just opened Pandora’s box.
No one knew then how powerful Apple computers were going to be thanks to the chips made by the Cupertino company. In the end, the result surprised everyone, starting with the employees themselves internally. The divorce was then recorded, and no turning back was possible, or even desirable.
Apple and Intel: it’s well and truly over
So nearly two years after the release of the very first MacBook Air with an “Apple Silicon” chip, it is only logical that the Cupertino company decided to remove the very last component produced by Intel from its laptops. With the MacBook Air M2, Apple has therefore offered a device without the slightest component having a relationship, directly or indirectly, with the Intel brand. A first for nearly 20 years.
It was the specialized teardown site iFixit that discovered the news first while combing through the latest MacBook Air M2. As mentioned in their report, the iFixit teams found no trace of a Thunderbolt driver made by Intel, as was the case until now.
Apple regains control of its computers
This piece, the last vestige of the collaboration between the two brands, has been replaced by a new driver, made by Apple. If this small detail may seem insignificant, it is actually a very strong symbol of Apple’s new will. If the Apple brand has often been seen as a factory with subcontractors, the brand produces more and more parts, especially on its MacBooks.
By reclaiming a hardware technology that it no longer mastered, Apple manages to gain in performance. By regaining control over its devices, the Apple brand can unlock its full power.
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