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WWDC 2020: Yes, Apple is dumping Intel, gently

The rumor that refused to die, namely the Mac’s transition to Apple’s own ARM-based processors, will take two years – though Macs running Intel processors will be supported “for years,” the company promised today at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

But the outwardly amicable “no fault” divorce with current Macintosh silicon supplier  Intel is now officially under way.

Apple confirms Mac transition to Apple silicon

Apple’s chip development teams have been delivering industry-beating improvements in performance, power management, speed – they’ve essentially moved right to the front of the business in their achievements.

So it’s no great surprise Apple now wants to move to its own ARM-based, all-Apple chips. The company thinks doing so will give the Mac industry-leading performance per watt and higher performance GPUs — enabling app developers to write even more powerful apps and games, while integrated on-chip machine learning opens fresh opportunities for innovation.

The move inevitably reflects Apple’s “whole widget” approach. That means a common architecture across all of the company’s products, making it “far easier for developers to write and optimize software for the entire Apple ecosystem,” the company said.

What Cook said

“From the beginning, the Mac has always embraced big changes to stay at the forefront of personal computing. Today we’re announcing our transition to Apple silicon, making this a historic day for the Mac,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With its powerful features and industry-leading performance, Apple silicon will make the Mac stronger and more capable than ever. I’ve never been more excited about the future of the Mac.”

What Johny Srouji said

To put this into context, here are some of the claims made by the company’s senior vice president for hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, during the WWDC 2020 online keynote as he argued that the move isn’t just about the whole widget, but also about harnessing the best chips in the business:

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