WWDC 2020: Apple is switching to its own processors for Macs starting later this year

By Ritik Banga - June 24, 2020
In the digital-only WorldWide Developer Conference 2020, Apple announced that it will be officially moving to its own silicon chips for some of its Mac hardware. Here's everything you need to know.

Having revealed the first developer betas for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS 11, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 earlier, Apple also announced that it will transition the Mac to its world-class custom silicon, which, as per Apple, is supposed to deliver industry-leading performance and powerful new technologies.

Calling it a “historic day for the Mac,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained how this transition would establish a common architecture across all Apple devices, making it way easier for the developers to design their apps to run on the whole ecosystem. This also means developers can, in the future, make their iOS and iPadOS applications run on macOS without any prior modifications.

Moreover, Apple is also promising new levels of performance with far less power consumption with its custom ARM-based chips. Apple is all set to release the first Mac powered with Apple Silicon by the end of this year, with the overall transition to be expected in two years.

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This, however, does not mean that Apple is completely giving up on Intel-powered Macs. Therefore, the company isn't moving to only ARM-based Macs just yet. Apple also announced that it will continue to support Intel-powered Macs in the future, as it normally would.

“From the beginning, the Mac has always embraced big changes to stay at the forefront of personal computing. Today we’re announcing our transition to Apple silicon, making this a historic day for the Mac,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With its powerful features and industry-leading performance, Apple silicon will make the Mac stronger and more capable than ever. I’ve never been more excited about the future of the Mac.”

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