Apple dumping Intel, transitioning Macs to its processors

Apple iMac G4 Concept 2020

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

The first Macs with Apple's A12Z Bionic System on a Chip (SoC) are set to arrive by year's end.

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

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

The new release of macOS and iPad OS takes the iPhone software and optimizes it for iPad by adding a suite of device-specific features, like a universal search feature that fuses web search, in-app search and on-device search all into one, and enhanced functionality for Apple's stylus, the Pencil. Most will remember when Apple switched from IBM's processors to Intel and there are even a few other changes further back than the IBM transition. But Apple will still continue to support its Intel-based Macs for "years to come", and even has some new Intel-based models now in development.

The move doesn't mean that Intel-based Macs are outdated already; Apple says that new models are now in development and will ship alongside A-series Macs for a while.

The company has only redesigned the Mac platform three times.

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In case you read the press announcements from Apple, you might have noticed a pretty big shift in the silicon paradigm.

The mini Apple computer does give an indication of what to expect from future Macs powered by Apple Silicon however.

With the Mac, however, Apple has had to work with Intel's product advantages and shipping schedules to provide meaningful updates. 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 truly is a historic day for the Mac", said Apple CEO Tim Cook, during WWDC's opening keynote session. As with all events during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Apple is holding this week's annual developers' conference online.

It's noteworthy that Apple isn't moving to ARM-based Apple Silicon exclusively, at least not yet. Though it's created to be a seamless porting transition, some tinkering may still be required - and Apple has new kit to help developers through the process.

Apple today shared a video with more details about the availability of iPhone and iPad apps on future Macs with custom Apple processors.

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