As the rumors indicated, Apple has decided to use its own chips, are now grouped under the title “Apple Silicon” and putting an end to 14 years of exclusive partnership with Intel.
It is Tim Cook who has announced at the opening conference of the WWDC a “historic moment” for Apple. After a quick history of the chips created for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, the firm announced that its Mac would use these same chips, rather than Intel.
If some of the major partners mentioned as Microsoft or Adobe have already native versions of their software running on the chips to Apple, this will not be the case for everyone.
In order to be able to use applications already developed for current Macs with an Intel chip, Apple will offer Rosetta 2, an emulation technology that you can use. Rosetta’s first name was already the name of the technology used by Apple in 2006 when its transition of chip PowerPC from IBM to Intel chips.
According to Tim Cook, the transition to this new ecosystem completely controlled by Apple, both in hardware and software, should take about 2 years. In order to facilitate this step of the “Kits” Transition will be sent to developers who request it. These take the form of a Mac Mini, integrating one of the latest chips from Apple, the A12Z already used in the latest iPad Pro.
There has not been, on the other hand, announcements of new products. The rumors pointed to a new iMac and/or a new MacBook. Tim Cook has made an appointment with you “by the end of the year“. Finally, for owners of current machines with Intel chips, Tim Cook announced that Apple would continue to support these products, without giving more details for the moment.