The WWDC opening speech left us with one last surprise, Apple announced that it will be designing its own processors for its Mac. The company said they have been designing their own processors for 10 years for iPhones and iPads, improving power up to 100 times, and these processors are now making the leap to corporate computers.
Apple explained how the design of AX processors used by iPads and S processors used by Apple Watch helped them learn how to create incredibly powerful processors, and decided to take the plunge on their Mac, replacing Intel processors.
To surprise us, all of the demos Apple has done of macOS Big Sur have been done on a Mac with the processor A12Z Bionic iPad Pro, a demonstration that everything works as well as with Intel processors. Apple also pointed out that it worked with large companies such as Microsoft or Adobe to adapt their applications to the new architecture.
Apps are everything
Apple has shown many applications in operation, such as Excel, Photoshop, or Final Cut Pro, but the developers they must adapt macOS applications to the new ARM architecture, called by Apple as “Apple Silicon”.
For this transition Apple presented Rosetta 2 which will transform applications Designed for Intel automatically to the new ARM architecture of the new Mac. Apple has promised that it is a simple and very fast application. But that’s not all, we can also virtualize old applications with new software included in these new devices.
Also, as they will use processors similar to iPhone or iPad, all apps from the App Store will be natively compatible with new Macs with processors made by Apple, which will be available in the macOS app store.
For what we will have 4 Ways To Use Apps On Those New Macs– Universal applications, applications translated by Rosetta 2, old application virtualization and all applications available on the App Store. The first Mac, with an A12Z Bionic processor, will be a Mac mini available today for developers, who can then start programming and testing their applications.
Tim Cook ended by saying that he is a transition that will last 2 years and that all current Macs with Intel processors will have support and updates for many years.