Apple Transitioning Macs to Custom Chips With 'Incredible' Performance Starting Later This Year

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Apple today confirmed its widely rumored plan to switch to custom processors for its Macs, promising "incredible" performance and features.


Building on its industry-leading A-series chips for iPhones and iPads, Apple wants Macs with its custom silicon to have the highest performance with lower power usage. Apple says the vast majority of Mac apps can be quickly updated to be "universal" with support for both Intel-based Macs and those with Apple's custom silicon.

Starting today, developers will be able to apply for a special Mac mini with an A12Z chip inside to help prepare their apps for Apple's custom silicon. This custom Mac mini will be running the macOS Big Sur beta and the latest version of Xcode.

Apple said that it expects its first Mac with custom silicon to launch by the end of 2020, and it expects to transition its entire lineup within the next two years.

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dooyou

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Wow, okay, now what? Actually, I was gonna spend my money and buy a new Macbook Pro. But after this announcement?

The short presentation was of course quite superficial. Just "wow, it's all so fast!" But what it meant exactly, you were left in the dark, of course. Especially the performance regarding Rosetta 2.
 

redheeler

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It took Apple less than four years to obsolete the last G5s after the switch to Intel. So another full-on architecture change. For this of us with 2019 MBPs or Mac Pros this’ll be fun.

And it also means goodby Hackintosh users or unsupported Macs. Been fun having you.
 

nihil0

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It took Apple less than four years to obsolete the last G5s after the switch to Intel, or five years from the Intel announcement if you want to go by the more generous number. So another full-on architecture change. For this of us with 2019 MBPs or Mac Pros this’ll be fun.

And it also means goodby Hackintosh users or unsupported Macs. Been fun having you.
I think that with these new Mac Pros they have to at least keep the support going for 7 years
 
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