Ioshackz.com Apple Announces The Plan To Switch To Custom Processors For Its Macs At the WWDC Keynote held today, Apple announced that the future Macs will be using processors independently designed by Apple, Apple Silicon, that is, the same ARM architecture as iPhone and iPad.
To make the switch to custom processors for its Macs more seamless, Apple launched the Universal 2 app, which allows an app to run on both Macs with Intel chips and Apple chips. Apple’s own apps, including Final Cut Pro X, have been optimized for their own chips. Apple also updated Rosetta 2 so that the app can support Mac with an Apple Silicon installed.
In order to allow developers to prepare Apple Silicon-ready apps, the company introduced a Mac mini with an A12Z chip inside, with 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, and installed macOS Big Sur and Xcode. Developers can apply to the program at developer.apple.com, and the total cost of the program is $500.
Apple said that the shift to Apple Silicon will last about 2 years. At the end of the year, a Mac equipped with an Apple Silicon will be released.
Apple will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come and has exciting new Intel-based Macs in development. The transition to Apple silicon represents the biggest leap ever for the Mac.