Although Apple has already begun its transition away from using Intel chips and has integrated its M1 processor into the Mac products, future collaboration between the two companies may still be on the table.
This week, Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger outlined the company’s future plans, including its $20 billion investment into outsourcing the production of Intel chips to third-party foundries dubbed “Intel Foundry Services”. This venture will seek to develop chips for other companies as two new chip factories will be built in Arizona.
Intel has not been taking the company’s break up with Apple all too well. Only recently, Intel launched a viral ad campaign mocking the M1 chip-enabled MacBook. Despite that, Gelsinger remains hopeful that the company can pursue Apple as a potential customer in the future, as reported by MacRumors. During the company’s Intel Unleashed event, Gelsinger was keen on dropping Apple’s name into the bucket of potential collaborators in the future.
Gelsinger just said that Intel, which is ramping up a foundry business to manufacture chips for other companies based on their designs, will court Apple as a customer. The age of the Intel Mac might not be over just yet.
— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) March 23, 2021
However, while Intel shows optimism, Apple is currently benefiting from its strong relationship with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) who produces the Apple silicon and other A-series chips for the company. While Apple has already been pushing to expand the M1 chip front, there may be a possibility for Intel to hash out a deal with Apple to complement its future devices and work in tandem with TSMC.
That said, it’s interesting to see how quickly Intel went from poking fun at Apple to warming back up to the company. Intel’s anti-Apple ads have largely revolved around the weaknesses Mac products have as gaming devices. Perhaps there is a future where Intel can help boost Apple in that regard.