Apple officially announced at the opening of the WWDC Developer Conference that it intends to move from manufacturing Intel-based computers to self-made ARM-based processors.
First computers based on these processors will arrive in stores before the end of the current year, and the entire transition will be completed in about two years. The transition, according to Apple, derives clear benefits that its processors provide in both performance and energy efficiency, as well as adjustments of its native native applications to the macOS operating system. However, the company says it will not transfer all Macs for use with its ARM processors, and that it will allow customers to choose and continue to purchase Intel-made processors.
To support as much software as possible with the launch of the new processors, Apple introduces three different solutions. The first is a tool that will allow developers to convert software developed for Intel processors into the new platform, in an effort that will continue for “a few days” according to the company.
The other solution is a software component called “Rosetta 2”, which is essentially a simulation (emulator) capable of running software originally developed for Intel processors even on ARM-based computers, without making any changes to the software itself. Emulation of this kind is usually a process that significantly compromises performance, but Apple has introduced 3D graphics software demos and even smoothly running games. The third solution – and no doubt the most dramatic of all – is support for apps that were originally developed for iPhones and iPads. These will actually work the way they do on the new Macs.
During the incident, Apple revealed that Microsoft (Microsoft) and Adobe (Adobe) had early access to development tools, and are already in a fairly advanced stage of adapting the popular Office (Photos) and Photoshop (Photoshop) software to the new processors. The rest of the developers are now invited to sign up for the Quick Start program, which will provide them with guides to transition to the new platform, access to development labs around the world, and also the option to purchase a computer based on the new Apple processors before they are marketed to the general public.