Apple announces transition of Macs from Intel to its own Apple silicon


Back in 2006, the iMac and MacBook Pro suddenly became not only the most lovely, but also the fastest Windows PCs available (although they still couldn't match their PC counterparts for games with high graphics requirements). These new chips will all be based on ARM designs just as the chips inside the iPad and iPhone are.

While Apple didn't specify why it's moving away from Intel, previous reports claim the company was concerned about unsatisfactory performance improvements.

Johny Srouji, Apple senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, said the transition to Apple's own chips will allow Macs to use less power while increasing performance.

The company has only redesigned the Mac platform three times. Universal 2 is the name of the software binary that will work across ARM and Intel Macs while Rosetta 2 is the app that will ensure compatibility with older apps.

The source also quoted industry insiders as saying that Apple can get rid of Intel X86 architecture processor and easily cut into ARM architecture, and TSMC has played a big role. Those chosen by Apple were also charged the $500 fee for access to the company's Developer Transition Kit, which consists of a Mac mini outfitted with an A12Z Bionic SoC similar to ARM-based chips expected to launch with future Macs.

Apple touted Apple Silicon's CPU power and said the new chip will make Macs better at running demanding programs like games, machine learning tools, and video editing software.

However, this doesn't necessarily mean that ARM Macs will never run Windows.

The big question will be if consumers and developers follow Apple?

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In addition, Apple showed a couple of Adobe's apps running natively on Apple's Silicon.

Since Apple has always played close to the vest with new products, this was a huge advantage.

Our suggestion? Don't wait for Apple Silicon Macs to become available.

Apple says Microsoft has been one of the first to recompile their apps for ARM for Apple.

Apple has outlined the limitations to Rosetta 2 in a support document (highlighted by Apple Insider).

Apple CEO Tim Cook characterized it Monday as the biggest transition ever for the Mac, which has gone through three other evolutions in its three decade history.

As usual, developers must submit to a confidentiality agreement that states program participants can not "publicly write about or review" the Developer Transition Kit, or share or display the unit without Apple's prior written approval.