Apple will be expecting developers to recompile their current Intel apps for their ARM processors, and will be encouraging developers to package their apps in a Universal ARM/Intel bundle. With Rosetta 2, Apple promises that Mac users will be able to run all of their apps on day one, with the emulator being able to automatically translate apps at install time. The company will be releasing its first Mac device powered by its own chip later this year but it is also working on new Intel-powered devices as well. Apple knows the hurdles ahead of them and has outlined a plan to help move users, developers (and hopefully apps), to the new architecture. The company also showed Adobe and Microsoft Office running on Apple Silicon (A12Z bionic) too. Apple's Mac apps have already been recompiled for the ARM64 architecture, including complex programs like Final Cut and Logic Pro. However, if you're happy with your Mac and feel like you can squeeze another nine months to a year out of it, then waiting for a Mac that's entirely Apple makes more sense.
While Apple didn't specify why it's moving away from Intel, previous reports claim the company was concerned about unsatisfactory performance improvements.
Apple said that it will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come, and it also confirmed that it still has some new Intel-based Macs in development in the interim.
Unfortunately, Apple didn't announce any new upcoming hardware (i.e. a rumored, redesigned iMac) at WWDC, but that could very well be the "Intel-based Mac" it was hinting at throughout the conference. Universal 2 is the name of the software binary that will work across ARM and Intel Macs while Rosetta 2 is the app that will ensure compatibility with older apps. A new framework called Rosetta 2, along with virtualisation technology, will help with compatibility issues. Even cooler, you can even play iPhone or iPad apps right on your Mac.
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As usual, developers must submit to a confidentiality agreement that states program participants can not "publicly write about or review" the Developer Transition Kit, or share or display the unit without Apple's prior written approval.
However, the proof will be in the pudding when ARM-based Macs eventually hit the streets - will they be powerful enough to outdo the Intel equivalents?
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