In its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), held virtually on June 22, Apple announced new features rolling out for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. One of the key highlights of the conference was the announcement of a major change to Apple’s Mac Computers in 14 years. Earlier in this year, Apple’s effort to move away from Intel was reported by Bloomberg. Apple made the hardware transition official on Monday by announcing a shift from Intel processors to its custom-designed chips for future Mac computers which will be based on ARM-powered silicons that are used in smartphones and tablets, including iPhone and iPad.
Apple’s transition to its own silicon chips comes just when the company launches macOS Big Sur, which includes the biggest redesign of macOS featuring updates to the messages and maps built-in apps. Apple’s new Mac processor will run on the same architecture as iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. So one can run macOS Apps alongside iOS Apps for the first time which will be downloadable through the Mac App Store.
The company claims that the new computers will see improved battery life, less heat and better performance because of tighter integration between hardware and software. Apple is also incorporating higher built-in security protections.
Mac, with the all new chip-set will be shipped by the end of this year with the full transition taking two years, said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Microsoft is working on an optimized version of Office and Adobe is developing a version of Lightroom and Photoshop. The company expects the vast majority of other developers to get their Apps up and running by recompiling the Apps across every major Apple device in a couple of days.