Apple announced in the just-ended developer’s conference that it will abandon Intel chips for a newly designed Apple chips. Apple has been using Intel chipset in Mac Computers for 15 years. The company has created its own chipset, hence it’ll no longer use Intel chip in Mac Computer.
Future Macs will use Apple chips, Apple said. Cook said it is a “huge leap forward.” Apple said it is designing its own chips specifically for the Mac to provide more performance while using less power.
Apple chips are currently runs on its iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple TVs, and said it had shipped over 2 billion chips so far. Macs with Apple’s own chips will be able to run iPhone and iPad software.
This transition will require software makers to update their software for compatibility.
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Apple says that developers can get their new apps running in a “couple of days” and that there is a number of new software features that enable developers to easily port their apps. Apple said that Microsoft and Adobe are already updating their software, including Photoshop and Excel, to run on the new Macs.
“Everything developers need to build apps for these new chips is included in Xcode,” Apple software SVP Craig Federighi said.
Users will be able to use apps that haven’t been updated through a new feature called Rosetta 2, which will provide reversed compatibility with Intel-based features. It will also support “virtual machines” that enable software makers to run Linux as an app inside MacOS.