Apple Silicone – Saying goodbye to Intel on the Mac

A couple of weeks ago we talked about some of the things that we might expect to see at WWDC 2020. We got a few wrong based on the rumours that were circulating at the time. One that was bang on was that Apple finally announced that this year they would start the transition from Intel CPUs to their own Apple silicone.

The first Macs with Apple CPUs will ship later this year and Apple state it will fully transition in two years.

Apple already boast the best mobile chips in the industry. That chip in your iPhone 11? Probably more powerful than a lot of new Windows laptops currently on sale. The iPad Pro regularly outperforms so-called professional computers. Even ones from Apple themselves. All whilst requiring no noisy fans whatsoever.

Not only do Apple have a great track record of making fast and efficient chips, this transition will also establish a common architecture across all Apple products, making it far easier for developers to write and optimise their apps for the entire Apple ecosystem.

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), a Mac development system based on Apple’s A12Z Bionic System on a Chip (SoC).

Apple will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come, and stated that they still have exciting new Intel-based Macs on the way.

“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.”

Apple demo’d a version of macOS Big Sur running on an A12Z Bionic chip and the performance was mind-blowing. It ran games and pro-level desktop apps with ease. This could be the most exciting thing to happen to the Mac in over a decade and I for one won’t be buying new Mac until the new chips are available and we can really see what they can do!

Are you excited for this change or do you not really care as long as you can get Facebook and Pornhub on your laptop? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to read our other piece on all the other announcements from WWDC here.