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Technology Apple Silicon: Here's what the big WWDC Mac announcement means for you

22:26  22 june  2020
22:26  22 june  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Apple's online-only 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference gets opening date

  Apple's online-only 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference gets opening date Apple has announced that all of the proceedings of its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place exclusively online. Developers from all over the world will be able to attend conferences given by teams from Apple, directly on the WWDC website and via the Apple developer app. As it has done every year for the last three decades, the  WWDC will provide Apple with a venue for the presentation of forthcoming innovations in its different operating systems (iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS).

Alongside macOS Big Sur, Apple also announced it will officially power future Macs (laptops and desktops) with Apple Silicon. Basically, Apple Silicon is an in-house chip akin to what is powering the iPhone and iPad family of devices. In other words: It's a processor.

a screenshot of a computer screen © Apple

The big wins for you? Well, it's faster, more efficient and should deliver crazy-long battery life. Apple is banking a lot on this and is effectively ditching Intel for future Macs. To unpack this a bit more, these Mac chips will not just be renamed iPad or iPhone chipsets. There's a common architecture across all Apple devices, but these are custom systems on chips (aka Apple Silicon for the Mac).

Apple's virtual WWDC keynote starts on June 22nd at 1 PM ET

  Apple's virtual WWDC keynote starts on June 22nd at 1 PM ET With less than two weeks to go before this year’s entirely virtual edition of the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has announced the schedule for the event. The WWDC keynote will take place at 1 PM ET on June 22nd, and you can expect to learn about the future of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, macOS and more. For instance, Apple may be preparing to announce it’ll start using its own ARM-based processors in Macs. You’ll be able to watch theYou’ll be able to watch the keynote, which will stream from the Apple Park campus, on the company’s main website, the developer app and website, the Apple TV app and YouTube. Viewers in China can catch it on Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili and Youku.

Apple clearly had hardware and software teams working together. macOS Big Sur's core apps are built to support Apple Silicon. Microsoft is working on Office and Adobe is working on all Creative Cloud apps. This is important as developers need to update apps to support Silicon. Currently, these are designed to work with Intel chips. Alongside the rollout of Apple Silicon in laptops and desktops, there will likely be an update period for developers making apps compatible.

Apple has a solution to have all applications working on day one of the rollout, though. Rosetta 2 is a pre-installed application (acting as an emulator and a translator) that will allow Intel-made apps to run on Silicon-powered devices. Additionally, Apple demoed Microsoft's Office Suite and Adobe's Creative Cloud running natively on a Silicon-powered Mac. To be more specific, that Mac was powered by the A12Z Bionic Chip ---- the same one inside the 2020 iPad Pro. Impressive.

Apple releases Mac version of its developer app just before WWDC

  Apple releases Mac version of its developer app just before WWDC WWDC 2020 is looming, and Apple wants to be sure developers can keep track of new developments even though they’re stuck at home. It just released a Mac version (first spotted by The Verge) of its normally iPhone- and iPad-focused Apple Developer app to provide news, developer stories and educational videos from the same system you’re using to write your apps. You can see any major changes with a given OS or play a past WWDC session to better understand a feature that’s been around for a while. Apple Developer app for Mac Apple is promising a Mac-native interface — this isn’t just a blown-up iOS app.

When can you expect to buy a Mac powered by Silicon? Apple's launching a consumer Silicon PC this year and they're still committed to Intel PCs for a few years to come.

This is a developing story and we'll be updating as Apple continues to drop news during WWDC.

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