Apple confirmed that it will gradually dispense with Intel as the supplier of the microprocessors for its line of Mac computers, to adopt its own development, which it has named Silicon.
The news was announced by the company’s own CEO, Tim Cook, during the World Developers Conference ( WWDC ), broadcast on June 22 from the Apple Park in Cupertino.
The executive called the day a “truly historic day” for the Mac, as the company is taking the machine to a “whole new level.”
In addition, he recalled that the computer had lived until now “after great transitions”: the adoption of the PowerPC processor, the release of macOS X, and the alliance with Intel, which was its chip supplier until now.
“It is time for a great leap forward. When we make bold changes, it is for one simple and powerful reason: we can make much better products (…) Integrating hardware and software is fundamental to everything we do at Apple, ”he continued.
For Cook, “Silicon is the heart of our hardware. Having a world-class design team, he comes to change things. “
According to Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, Apple has been “developing and fine-tuning” the new chip for more than a decade, resulting in a product with a scalable architecture for all of its products.
In this way, it will be “much easier for developers to develop and optimize their applications for the entire ecosystem,” the company reported.
To ensure optimal performance, the chip will run under a new operating system, called Big Sur, which was rated the “biggest update in over a decade.” In this way, they assured from Cupertino, the transition will be “smooth and smooth”.
“Developers will be able to easily convert existing applications to work with Silicon, taking advantage of its powerful technologies and performance,” added the firm.
Thanks to this, Mac applications will automatically be compatible with those of their iPhone and iPad product families.
The release of Silicone should take place by the end of 2020, but the transition will only be completed in about two years.
Apple will “continue to support and release” new versions of macOS for Mac based on Intel (processors) for years to come, and has several Macs in development based on products from the same vendor.