After officially announcing the abandonment of Intel’s self-production processors, Apple (Apple) has released more details about the first computer to be launched this week – but it’s a developer-only unit, not the general public.
Apple is known as the Developer Transition Kit computer. And this is actually a Mac mini computer, the company’s compact desktop has been replaced by Intel’s processor on the A12Z Bionic known from the recently launched iPad Pro devices. It also features 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD. The new MacOS Big Sur operating system is pre-installed on the computer in its beta, alongside Xcode, the Apple development environment for macOS and iOS.
The computer purchase process is not straightforward: registered developers can apply to buy it, and Apple will review and approve these requests at its sole discretion. The company has also announced that it will give priority to developers who have already launched macOS software.
A $ 500 payment will then be required, but Apple reserves the right to collect all units at any time in the future where the plan is decided to end – so this is not a real purchase but a long-term rental. Developers participating in the program were also prohibited from using the kit for any purpose other than software development, transferring it to others, or opening the case and attempting to disassemble the computer.
In 2005, while Apple decided to move from PowerPC processors to Intel-based processors, the company launched a similar program for developers who were interested in experimenting with the new platform. The entry price at that time was $ 999, but at the end of the plan, when Apple asked developers to bring back the experience kits, it gave them new iMacs as a gift.