Apple announces Mac transition to Apple silicon
- Apple announced it will transition the Mac to its world-class custom silicon to deliver industry-leading performance and powerful new technologies.
- Developers can now get started updating their apps to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of Apple silicon in the Mac. This transition will also establish a common architecture across all Apple products, making it far easier for developers to write and optimize their apps for the entire ecosystem.
- Apple today also introduced macOS Big Sur, the next major release of macOS, which delivers its biggest update in more than a decade and includes technologies that will ensure a smooth and seamless transition to Apple silicon.
- To help developers get started with Apple silicon, Apple is also launching the Universal App Quick Start Programme, which provides access to documentation, forums support, beta versions of macOS Big Sur and Xcode 12, and the limited use of a Developer Transition Kit (DTK), a Mac development system based on Apple’s A12Z Bionic System on a Chip (SoC).
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Apple Silicon: What does it mean for your existing Mac – and your next one?
- These new Apple Silicon Macs will use Apple chips similar to the designs we’ve seen on the iPhone and iPad.
- As CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber says “Its motivations for doing so include reducing its dependence on Intel, maximizing its silicon investment, boosting performance, and giving itself more flexibility and agility when it comes to future products.”
- In its press release about the transition, Apple says: “Apple will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come and has exciting new Intel-based Macs in development.
- Even though the Apple-designed SoC (System on Chip) would have graphics on board, it’s not likely to match the graphics capabilities of dedicated graphics processors from Nvidia and AMD in the short term
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