We may not see an ARM-powered Mac this year, however.
Apple's new ARM-based Mac devices will run macOS, but developers will be required to optimise their software to run on the new architecture.
The move to ARM-based processing in Apple laptops will require developers to rework applications for the new architecture. Rumors of Apple merging its desktop and mobile operating systems have been floating around almost as long as rumors of Apple ditching Intel, if not longer, but it sounds like macOS is here to stay.
Intel processors have rightfully not delivered any meaningful performance improvements over the last few years. Apple engineers anxious that sticking to Intel's road map would delay or derail some future Macs, according to people familiar with the effort. Additionally, internal tests of the new generation of Macs have shown a significant boost in performance over their Intel-powered alternatives.
It's not quite as simple as sticking an iPad Pro chip inside a MacBook and calling it a day, however.
The announcement could still be delayed, reports Bloomberg, but it's only a matter of time before this shift takes place. But the wait could soon end. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, WWDC will be an online-only event this year.
Nevertheless, the suggestion that we're close to a switch is an incredibly exciting prospect. Like it did then, the company plans to eventually transition the entire Mac line-up to its ARM-based processors, including the priciest desktop computers, the people said. Apart from a CPU and GPU, Apple's custom Arm-processors for Macs will also have a Neural Engine for handling AI and machine learning tasks.
The switch could mean thinner, lighter MacBooks that can outperform the majority of notebooks on the market today. TSMC will build the chips with its 5nm process. You only need to look at the latest games on iPhone or iPad to see the enormous potential of Apple's chips.
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