Apple Is aggressively trying to lessen its reliance upon Intel, engineers at Apple are hard at work designing a new ARM-based chip for upcoming laptop models that will reportedly live alongside Intel processors. In turn, rumors of Apple designing its own chips for the Mac, something it already does for the iPhone series have persisted for quite some time, especially as Apple’s prowess in the chip-design space has progressed. When IBM failed in delivering new PowerPC chips Apple changed it’s policy towards Intel processors in 2006. A new ‘switch’ is in the air and Apple loves to control everything to the smallest detail. It’s a safe bet that abandoning Intel at some point in the future is a scenario being tossed around among Apple executives, especially given the frustration Apple has experienced with Intel with respect to various processor delays.