Since Craig Federighi It surprised us all from the basement of Apple Park, when he first presented us with the Apple Silicon project, the directors of Intel were very clear about what was coming their way. They knew they were going to lose a big customer who was buying a bunch of various processors and chips from them for their Macs.
And little by little the first Apple Silicon Macs with Apple’s own processors appeared. But these devices still mounted some secondary chips made by Intel. But with the new MacBook Air M2it is no longer like that, Inside there is no longer any component manufactured by those from Mountain View.
We will never know what made Apple want to erase Intel from your list of providers. There are many arguments that we could list to understand the reasons that Cupertino has had to transform all its Macs, all of them with Intel processors, for new ones, with their own ARM architecture.
But it is striking that the thing has not been only in the processor. So far, all the new Macs of the new era Apple Silicone, they already mounted their own Apple processor, either from the first family of the M1, or the most recent M2. But inside there were still some secondary components with Intel chips.
But as has been verified after the first disassembly, such as that of the guys from iFixit, the new MacBook Air M2 it no longer mounts any Intel components.
A chip that manages the current input
Until now, the MacBook Air M1 incorporated a single Intel component, corresponding to the inputs of the USB-C ports of the laptop. A small processor that managed the energy that entered through said port to charge the Mac’s battery, and to supply the device’s memory and accessory connections.
But since SkyJuice posted on his account Twittersaying Intel driver has been replaced by another of unknown manufacturer in the USB-C ports of the MacBook Air M2. Thus, the small Intel bastion that remained in Mac territory has fallen forever. It was a chronicle of a death foretold.