Apple’s WWDC 2020 was one of its kind, this was the first time Apple’s Developer Conference was streamed exclusively online. But the announcement that made waves this year was that Apple will be using its own ARM-based processors instead of Intel’s. Ending a 15-year long partnership with Intel. Due to the rumors, we knew that Apple would eventually make this move, but the speed of transition is what surprised us.
Apple transitioned from PowerPC chips to intel in 2005 as intel’s chips were more powerful and power-efficient. Despite being new to computer chips Apple has been manufacturing its own mobile chips since iPhone 4 days. Apple’s mobile chips are said to be at least two generations ahead of its competition Qualcomm.
According to a report from Digitimes, Apple will release two ARM-based MacBooks by the end of the year. Apple plans to release a Macbook Air and Macbook Pro 13 inch powered by Apple silicon by the end of the year.
“As Apple is set to release 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, powered by Apple Silicon, by the end of this year, total shipments of MacBook lineup are expected to reach 16-17 million units in 2020 compared to 14.5-15.5 million units shipped a year earlier,” the report reads.
The major obstacle with this move is software compatibility and app support. Apple has said that all apps that run on iOS will work natively on the new ARM-based Macs. There should be a huge amount of software support on day one. This was made possible as most developers use Xcode and there are no other developer environments.
The ARM-based processor should provide better performance while being more power-efficient than its intel counterparts.