Apple World Today News Update: April 2, 2018

We have a rather short Apple World Today News Update podcast for you on this Slow News Monday™. 

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  • Bloomberg's "educated rumor" that Apple might be moving to its own Mac CPUs in 2020 caused Intel's share price to take a sharp drop today
  • Want a smartphone that lasts longer than just about any other? Get an iPhone 8 Plus

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Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Monday, April 2nd, 2018.

If you have been around the Mac world for any length of time, you know that between 1984 and the early 2000s, Macs didn’t use Intel processors. Instead, they used the Motorola 68000 series CPUs early on, then moved to the Apple-IBM-Motorola PowerPC chips. In 2006, Apple began the switch to Intel processors inside all Macs. Well, a report today from Bloomberg suspects that Apple will replace Intel CPUs with their own processors in 2020. This isn’t entirely new — people have been speculating that Apple would like to produce its own Mac CPUs for a number of reasons — but it’s the first time that a major and fairly reliable news source has jumped on this rumor. This would of course require Apple’s partners to give the idea a thumbs-up, including IBM, Cisco, SAP, Deloitte, GE and Accenture, but if Apple could make iOS devices and Macs work together more easily and perhaps speed up the process of going to a common code base for iOS and macOS, it’s not entirely out of the question. The project is reportedly named Kalamata — one of my favorite types of olives, by the way — and the news caused Intel’s share price to drop 9.2 percent today — that’s the largest intraday drop in more than two years for Intel stock.

Owners of the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have something to smirk about when confronted by friends with new Galaxy S9 phones. PhoneArena tested battery life for a variety of phones and found that the Samsung Galaxy S9 lasts for about 7 hours, 23 minutes on a charge, while the plus-sized S9+ gets about 8 hours, 5 minutes. The iPhone X beats both models of the Galaxy S9 with a battery life of 8 hours, 41 minutes, while the iPhone 8 Plus absolutely trounces the rest by surviving for 10 hours, 35 minutes on a charge in normal use. In fact, the only phone currently made that can beat the iPhone 8 Plus in terms of battery life is the Huawei P10, which is not available in the US.

It’s been a really slow news day today — perhaps everyone is recovering from writing fake news releases for April first. But that’s it for our podcast today.

That’s all the news for today - join me tomorrow afternoon for another edition of the AWT News Update.