Ditching Intel in favor of in-house chips is a big move, but Apple has already built tools to make the transition easier.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 contained a bevy of announcements, none larger than the news the company is ditching Intel chips in favor of its own new architecture called Apple Silicon. Apple Silicon is an extension of the Arm-based chips used in the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch and finally brings Macs, the last component of Apple’s hardware ecosystem, under the same design umbrella.
“This will also create a common architecture across all Apple products, making it far easier for developers to write and optimize software for the entire Apple ecosystem,” Apple said in a press release.
Apple has a product event scheduled for Nov. 10, at which time it’s expected the company will be revealing the first of its Apple Silicon-powered Mac computers, so get ready: The transition from the world of Intel Macs to new Apple Silicon ones is set to kick off soon.
But what about developers—surely they’ll feel a pinch from the change as the architecture behind Apple Silicon is different from Intel’s? Luckily, Apple has thought of