Apple breaks up with Intel, will use own chips from 2020

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Intel isn't going to patch some of its older CPUs which are vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, according to a fresh update issued by the company.

Intel's latest guidance has a list of several chipsets that have a "Stopped" status marked against them, denoting they won't be receiving any further patches.

CPU families that won't be updated include Bloomfield, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown Xeon C0, Harpertown Xeon E0, Jasper Forest, Penryn/QC, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale C0 and M0, Wolfdale E0 and R0, Wolfdale Xeon X0, Wolfdale Xeon E0, Yorkfield, and Yorkfield Xeon.

Over the last few months, Intel has been delivering microcode updates to provide firmware fixes for many of its processors already in the field. It would also make Apple standout among the manufacturers of personal computing devices like desktops and laptops with their own processors; most other majors in the space, like Dell, HP and Lenovo release their devices with either Intel or AMD processors.

Owners of Sandy Bridge or newer systems can be confident of having updated microcode, but anyone with a first generation chip would be advised to read Intel's list of parts to figure out whether they'll be getting a fix or not. As Apple would replace Intel processors with its own chips, it is likely that the business relationship between the two firms might end, claim sources. The demo of this latest Intel processor hasn't hit the technical arena yet.

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At the top of the stack, the 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is optimized to push the limits of performance.

Apple has caused Intel's stock to drop in the market after reportedly announcing that they will stop using Intel chips in Mac desktops and MacBook laptops. The new memory is developed to accelerate the system performance besides increasing the responsiveness of SATA-based storage technology without negotiating on storage limit.

The reason why Intel won't be patching the Spectre and meltdown exploits in specific Intel chips is that of three reasons which are as follows.

The performance impact of Meltdown patches makes it essential to move systems to Linux 4.14.

Roughly a week after the update was released, many machines still lack the fix for the critical CPU vulnerabilities.