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Apple replaces Mac's Intel chips with its own in-house ARM

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Apple makes ‘historical’ change to the Mac by ditching Intel chips for its own in-house ARM that increases performance and consumes less power

  • This is the first time in history the Mac it will be powered by an Apple processor
  • The firm announced at WWDC that it is ditching Intel chips for its own ARM
  • The chips are said to increase power, all while consuming less power
  • Apple is set to ship the first ARM-powered Macs later this year 

Apple has unveiled a ‘historical’ change to its Mac lineup during its first-ever digital Worldwide Developers Conference.

The tech giant is ditching Intel chips for its own in-house ARM chip, providing a similar architect across all of its devices.

The move is a bid to challenge Intel in the PC market, as the new ARM chip will have a lower power consumption, cost less and provide users with more control over product plans.

Apple is set to start shipping the first ARM Macs before the end of the year, with all of the devices boasting the new system within two years.

The tech giant is ditching Intel chips for its own in-house ARM chip. The move is a bid to challenge Intel in the PC market, as the new ARM chip will have a lower power consumption, cost less and provide users with more control over product plans

The tech giant is ditching Intel chips for its own in-house ARM chip. The move is a bid to challenge Intel in the PC market, as the new ARM chip will have a lower power consumption, cost less and provide users with more control over product plans

Apple was said to announce plans to ditch Intel processors for its Mac computers, including Macbook laptops earlier this month, and it seems the rumors are true.

The tech giant held its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) for the first time online, due to the coronavirus, where it used stunning visual effects – making it a more exciting event than previous years.

The transition is the first time in the 36-year history of the Mac that the line will be powered by an Apple-designed processor.

Apple CEO Time Cook, who spoke about the transition, said it is a ‘historic day for the Mac.’

The transition is the first time in the 36-year history of the Mac that the line will be powered by an Apple-designed processor. Apple CEO Time Cook, who spoke about the transition, said it is a'historic day for the Mac'

The transition is the first time in the 36-year history of the Mac that the line will be powered by an Apple-designed processor. Apple CEO Time Cook, who spoke about the transition, said it is a ‘historic day for the Mac’

This also means there is now a common architect system across all devices, making it easier for updates and downloads - the chip is similar to what is used in the iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch

This also means there is now a common architect system across all devices, making it easier for updates and downloads – the chip is similar to what is used in the iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch

Cook said that the firm plans to ship the first Macs with the new chips by the end of this year.

The tech giant promises better performance, but less power consumption with the new in-house made chip.

The new processor will also include a range of capabilities such as HDR display support, more storage, higher bandwidth and more. 

Pro apps will also see an update to support Apple Silicon in macOS Big Sur.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said: ‘The vast majority of developers can get their apps up and running in a matter of days.’

The tech giant promises better performance, but less power consumption with the new in-house made chip. Pro apps will also see an update to support Apple Silicon in macOS Big Sur

The tech giant promises better performance, but less power consumption with the new in-house made chip. Pro apps will also see an update to support Apple Silicon in macOS Big Sur

Apple is set to start shipping the first ARM Macs before the end of the year, with all of the devices boasting the new system within two years

Apple is set to start shipping the first ARM Macs before the end of the year, with all of the devices boasting the new system within two years

The firm is designing a family of Services of a Chip for the Mac and will bring new technologies to the device.

This also means there is now a common architect system across all devices, making it easier for updates and downloads.

The shift will allow iOS and iPad apps to run natively in macOS in the future. 

‘Most apps will just work,’ says Apple, suggesting users can run native macOS apps alongside native iOS apps side-by-side for the first time.

Microsoft is also working on an update for Office that will be compatible with the new chip, and the firm’s Word and Excel services are currently running natively on the new Mac.

Apple is also redesigning Adobe to have the pro apps working with the new chips and the tech giant showed off how Lightroom and Photoshop will also run with the new technology. 

WHAT IS APPLE’S NEW ARM PROCESSOR?

Apple is switching from Intel to its own custom-made ARM chips.

The switch to its own silicon-based chips will allow apps made for iOS and iPad to run natively in MacOS for the first time.

It says the transition will also increase performance and consumes less power than the Intel chips it currently uses. It may also make it easier for developers to optimize apps across its ecosystem.

At WWDC, Apple officially announced the transition, saying that it will start the transition by the end of 2020. The process could take about two years.

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