SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday will hold its annual conference for software developers, rolling out new features in its operating systems for iPhones and iPads and possibly signaling a departure from Intel Corp’s almost 15-year run supplying Mac computer processors.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference comes as paid services sold through the App Store became central to the Cupertino, California, company’s revenue growth as consumers have slowed the expansion of iPhone upgrades. Apple takes a 15% to 30% cut of the sales developers make through the App Store, which is that the only thanks to distribute software onto Apple’s mobile devices.
Those fees, and Apple’s strict app review process, have come under antitrust scrutiny within the us and Europe, where regulators last week unveiled a proper probe into the corporate .
But developers still gravitate toward Apple’s platform because it’s lucrative, with a user base that’s willing to spend money on paid apps. The annual developer conference, being held online this year for the primary time due to the novel coronavirus, is where Apple often announces access to new hardware capabilities, like special tools for AI and augmented reality.
Apple this year could announce a move to part ways with Intel, which has supplied processors for Mac computers since 2006. Apple could announce a move to use its own house-designed processors as soon as Monday, two people conversant in matter told Reuters. the corporate , which already uses its own processor designs in iPhones in iPads, could announce one laptop model and one desktop model which will use the new chips, one among the people told Reuters.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to discuss the company’s future plans or products.
If Apple announces the move Monday, it’ll repose on a tool it introduced last year called Catalyst, which aims to form it easier for developers to maneuver their apps from Apple’s mobile operating systems to Mac computers.