Apple to Announce First Mac with ARM Processor at Upcoming WWDC

¿Qué supondría que Apple utilizara sus propios procesadores ARM en los Mac?

De ser cierta esta información, sería la primera vez que Apple incluye procesadores propios en los Mac. Esto sin duda le da mucha ventaja a la compañía a la hora de planificar el lanzamiento de sus ordenadores, ya que hasta ahora dependía completamente de Intel . De esta forma, los Mac probablemente cuenten con un calendario de actualizaciones más similar al de los iPhone o iPad, con un lanzamiento anual.

Apple to Announce First Mac with ARM Processor at Upcoming WWDC
Apple to Announce First Mac with ARM Processor at Upcoming WWDC

For many months now there have been rumours of the arrival of ARM processors in Apple’s MacBook range . ARM processors have a different architecture than Intel’s, so a change in this sense should not be taken lightly, there is a lot of work to do before making the leap, but it seems that Apple is already ready.

As reported by Bloomberg , Apple will present its first Mac with its own processor at the next WWDC 2020 to be held in two weeks virtually. As usual, at this event for developers Apple presents all its new software, in this case we expect the presentation of iOS 14, macOS 10.16 and watchOS 7 . However it is probably also a good time to announce a transition like this , which will imply that developers will somehow adapt their software to the new architecture.

The first processor designed 100% by Apple was the A4 chip that came along with the first generation iPad and iPhone 4. Since then, Apple has manufactured all the processors for its mobile devices, which have practically doubled their power year after year. Now it’s time to take the next big step: the MacBook.

According to Mark Gurman, the new processors will be based on the same technology used in Apple-designed iPhone and iPad chips. But, future Macs with ARM will still run the macOS operating system instead of iOS. Apple wants to present these new features at the WWDC 2020 so that developers can prepare their apps for the new platform, the new Mac with ARM will not arrive until 2021, and we understand that Apple will also unveil new tools that will facilitate this transition for developers.

According to the information, Apple has conducted numerous tests of the new Macs with ARM-based chips and they have been very proud as the computers show considerable improvements over the versions with Intel processors . It seems that specifically in the performance of graphics and applications using artificial intelligence, they have found the most improvements. In addition, it should be noted that ARM processors are more efficient than Intel ones, which may mean thinner and lighter MacBooks, or with longer battery life.

Finally, Gurman reports that Apple is working on 3 ARM processors for Mac, at least one of them is based on the A14 processor that will be incorporated in the next iPhone 12. It is likely that this first processor will be included in an entry MacBook, and that the other two options will arrive in the future with greater power.

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