Some of you might have noticed that just last week, Intel launched a campaign in which they basically bashed Apple’s M1 chipset and compared it against PCs running Intel processors. We can’t say we’re surprised as Intel is probably a bit upset that Apple has more or less ended their business relationship.
However, in a somewhat quick turnaround, it seems that Intel is now hoping to work with Apple again. During Intel Unleashed, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger shared some of the company’s future plans, one of which is “Intel Foundry Services” in which Intel will make processors and chipsets for other companies, kind of what TSMC is doing.
The CEO then says that one of their plans is to pursue Apple as a potential customer, in which they would help Apple make Apple Silicon chipsets for future Mac computers. At the moment, Apple relies pretty much on TSMC for their fabrication needs where the company makes both Apple’s A-series chipsets, used in their iPhones and iPads, and the M-series chipsets which are used in Mac computers.
Apple usually tries to have multiple suppliers to prevent bottlenecks, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple were to seek alternative manufacturers, although whether or not Intel will be one of them remains to be seen.