First ARM-based Mac coming in 2020

It's official: First ARM-based Mac coming in 2020

Apple dumping Intel, transitioning Macs to its processors

Apple said it plans to ship the first Mac with its own silicon by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years. The company also showed Adobe and Microsoft Office running on Apple Silicon (A12Z bionic) too.

Back in 2006, the iMac and MacBook Pro suddenly became not only the most attractive, but also the fastest Windows PCs available (although they still couldn't match their PC counterparts for games with high graphics requirements).

In addition to the ability to run all existing Mac apps, ARM-based Macs will also be able to run all iPhone and iPad apps completely unmodified.

Apple will be expecting developers to recompile their current Intel apps for their ARM processors, and will be encouraging developers to package their apps in a Universal ARM/Intel bundle. People didn't have to wait for developers to release new, Intel-compatible versions of their apps.

The move doesn't mean that Intel-based Macs are outdated already; Apple says that new models are now in development and will ship alongside A-series Macs for a while. Unsurprisingly, the application form seems to be suffering under heavy load right now, but check back frequently if you're really interested in getting your hands on ARM-based Mac hardware early to transition your software.

It's official: First ARM-based Mac coming in 2020
Apple announce plans to move to their own desktop processor running on ARM. - MSPoweruser

Apple cites performance gains as another advantage of the transition, and so far, we don't have a reason to discount that claim.

Apple is talking about a "whole new level of performance" for the Mac with the transition as well as more innovation through custom technologies on the chip including security and graphics. However, if you're happy with your Mac and feel like you can squeeze another nine months to a year out of it, then waiting for a Mac that's entirely Apple makes more sense.

"It's a game changer", CEO Tim Cook said. Apple is calling the new chip Apple Silicon. With Project Catalyst, Apple still allows developers to easily transform iPad apps into Mac apps, but the ability to run any iPhone or iPad app should open a lot more possibilities.

This is kind of a big deal, especially since Apple is including AMD GPUs with its laptops and desktops.

To help developers get started with Apple silicon, Apple is also launching the Universal App Quick Start Program, 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).

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