Apple announces it will start using its own chips

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You might be thinking that you saw Apple demonstrating virtualisation on an Apple Silicon Mac during the WWDC keynote on Monday 22 June, and you'd be correct.

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).

Apple's ARM CPUs for MacBooks reportedly deliver better graphics and AI performance and are more efficient than Intel chips, so forthcoming MacBook laptops should last longer on a charge.

If you foresee yourself needing a Mac in the next six months, waiting for an Apple Silicon Mac doesn't make a ton of sense, at least with what we know right now. The company's' A-series chips have been used in iPhones, iPads, and its Apple TV boxes for years and the transition to the laptop/desktop is about to finally happen. Apple's Mac apps have already been recompiled for the ARM64 architecture, including complex programs like Final Cut and Logic Pro. However, the company still plans to release Intel-based Macs in the near future, though the company didn't specify if this would include all Mac models.

With the release of macOS Big Sur previews, the transition has already begin.

Apple announces it will start using its own chips
Apple announces it will start using its own chips

Developers can now get started updating their apps to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of Apple silicon in the Mac.

A Mac mini running the A12Z launches this week to developers, but only as a test platform. Every app Apple has produced has been made native for the new chips. Apple claims that developers should be able to port their apps within just a few days, but we'll have to see how that pans out. A Mac easily edited a 5GB photo of birds in Photoshop, adding an extra bird with ease and providing smooth animation when zooming out.

There's also a tool called Rosetta 2 that will allow apps that haven't been optimized to work on Apple Silicon to run on the devices and, again, Apple promises it should make the process painless.

Our suggestion? Don't wait for Apple Silicon Macs to become available. Microsoft is working on apps, as is Adobe, Apple's Craig Federighi said. But what about true computing apps, both from developers' and users' perspectives? For Apple it is far more important and more lucrative to mesh its own systems more closely, iPad apps on the Mac are much more important to Cupertino than Windows applications.

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