According to Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly announcing its transition from Intel to ARM chips for its Mac line at WWDC. The event kicks off on June 22nd (hosted virtually this year), and is the usual venue where Apple is announcing its major shifts to the platform. We expect the release of iOS 14, macOS 10.16, watchOS 7 and more this year.
Apple has had great success using custom A-series silicon for its iPhones and iPads, offering market-leading performance on its iOS devices. With their laptops and — later — desktop Macs, it is now looking to achieve a similar feat. Bloomberg says Apple expects to confirm this month ‘s change which will allow Mac developers time to get their apps ready when Apple’s first ARM Mac ships in 2021.
Bloomberg has previously reported that Apple is preparing its own custom design of a 12-core ARM chip. The chip would run on a fabrication process of 5 nanometers and would beat the performance of MacBook Airs’ current Intel lineup.
Moving from Intel to ARM would increase performance and battery efficiency, while costing less money per device for Apple too. Today ‘s report from Bloomberg says Apple’s silicon teams have reported marked gains in computational efficiency in GPU and artificial intelligence.
The anonymous Twitter account @L0vetodream previously suggested that within the next year or so, Apple would revive the 12-inch MacBook, and it would run on an ARM chip architecture.
WWDC runs around fortnight away through the week of June 22nd. Apple has yet to officially confirm a keynote date, but is presumed to be on the 22nd (Monday) as it will be the natural time for consumer-facing product announcements, with technical sessions followed throughout the rest of the week. This would follow Apple ‘s usual WWDC schedule in previous years.
The report suggests that performance improvements will be a major focus of this year’s major OS releases as well as new fitness features for Apple Watch in an aside in the same Bloomberg story. 9to5Mac will of duration provide you with full coverage of all the announcements as they happen.