“Historic Day for Mac.”
At WWDC 2020, Apple announced a move to its own Mac processor. Prior to this, the company used Intel chips.
The company explained that they decided to switch to their own chips in order to achieve greater performance with less energy. Apple intends to implement unique features for the Mac, but use a common architecture for all of its products. Developers will be able to transfer applications from iOS to macOS without additional changes.
According to Apple, the transition will take two years. The first commercial Mac on the new processor will be released in early 2021. At the same time, Apple will continue to produce computers based on Intel chips.
Applications created specifically for Apple processors can also be launched on poppies with Intel chips – the Universal 2 tool will be responsible for this. Moreover, all already running programs can be launched on new processors – they will be adapted by Rosetta 2 during installation.
One of the first “native” applications for Apple chips will be Adobe and Microsoft products. Word and Excel are already adapted for the new processors, they are also supported by Lightroom and Photoshop.
To develop applications on Macs with their own Apple processors, the company released a special version of Mac mini. He got the A12Z processor as in the iPad Pro 2020, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD. Developers will be able to apply for the device through the Apple website.
According to Bloomberg, the reason for the transition to its own processors was too low the annual growth rate of Intel’s performance. Apple was unhappy that due to Intel processors, the company had to abandon its own plans.
For the first time in the 36-year history of Apple, Apple switched to its own processors in computers. Until the early 90’s, the company used Motorola chips, then PowerPC, and in 2005 switched to Intel.