Apple has just announced its massive plan to transition to its own Mac hips, signaling a radical new route for the Cupertino, California-based computers. For most, the announcement has long been overdue as the company's Macs are the only products in its portfolio that aren't running its processors.
So what does this mean to future Mac users?
At the helm of this development is that the switch from Intel to ARM-based Apple silicon should entail that Apple's Mac computers will be rendered a lot more like the iPhone and iPad.
The switch could also indicate that all products from Apple will be running on a standard process, which ultimately allows apps from iPhones and iPads to run on the Mac. The timing of the announcement couldn't have been more beneficial for Mac users as Apple also just unveiled macOS Big Sur, which features an iPhone- and iPad-like user interface.
Meanwhile, Apple's crucial move should entail that the firm will be more determined than ever to build specific features that are tailored for its hardware into future products.
Availability and other developments
According to Apple, the first Mac computer that will be running on Apple silicon is scheduled to launch by the end of 2020. However, the company did not reveal any crucial details about the future Macs, relative to their potential features.
Still, it is rumored that Apple is now working on a 14-inch MacBook Pro, alongside a redesigned iMac, which could very well launch with its new, homegrown silicon.
Apple also revealed that while its own Mac processor is promising, it isn't veering away from Intel just yet. The company stated that it would continue supporting Intel-enabled Mac computers for "years to come" and that it is still planning to release Macs in the future with Intel chips running them.
In terms of performance of the hotly-anticipated Apple Mac chips, the company shared that the processors are expected to provide a "whole new level of performance" for its computer lineup, one that is also geared to deliver low power consumption.
Currently, Apple is on all fours recreating apps to run natively on the platform. As it stands, the firm is needing third-party developers to do the very same thing. Consequently, there is now a Quick Start Program, in which access to documentation, forums support, and beta versions of macOS Big Sur and Xcode 12 are provided.
The said program is available now and is priced at USD 500 (around PHP 25,000).
Apple revealed that the transition from Intel to its custom chips should take around two years.
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