25 June 2020
Apple announced new versions of its operating system, including iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS, and more at WWDC 2020 online-only event. But those were not the only improvements Apple announced, in fact, not the biggest ones. The show stopper has to be the announcement of Apple’s switch to ARM-based processors for Macs.
As Apple defines, the transition from Intel to its own ARM-based chips is a “huge leap forward for the Mac” as this is one of those biggest changes that the company has taken in a long time. It once followed similar moves for its other hardware like iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch as well. And, its time to make some changes around Macs for good.
Apple wants is devices to use a single processor architecture, which means you will be able to run iOS and iPadOS apps directly on the desktop.
Apple touts that the new chips will be able to offer stronger performance without going heavy on battery life.
Apple announced the complete transition will happen in two years and it plans to release its first ARM-based Mac by the end of this year. Apple also tells developers to get started updating their apps to take advantage of Apple silicon in the Mac. Apple is making it easier for developers to create apps that work on old and new Macs alike. The new Rosetta 2 will help in the transition and make sure that apps that need to be upgraded will still be able to work on the new processors.
Apple has announced a Developer Transition Kit (DTK) to help developers to get started on the new Macs. The DTK includes a Mac Mini that will run a special A12Z bionic chip with desktop level architecture, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD. Apple is also launching the Universal App Quick Start Program, which provides access to documentation, forums support, beta versions of macOS Big Sur, and Xcode 12.