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Apple’s supply chain power even rocks Intel after ARM-based Mac rumors

Apple’s power in the mobile industry has given it a kingmaker position, able to make and break its suppliers with its changing supply chain decisions. Its desire to assert more and more control over its components triggered the collapse of Imagination Technologies, has landed Qualcomm in a costly legal battle, and now threatens to help Intel dip permanently below Samsung in the global semiconductor tables. Apple boosted Intel’s fortunes in 2016 when it decided to use the company’s LTE modems in some iPhone models, introducing it as a second source alongside Qualcomm. But now it is reported to be planning to dump Intel x86 processors in the Mac family, as early as 2020, and replace them with an ARM-based chip…

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