Building on its industry-leading A-series chips for iPhones and iPads, Apple wants Macs with its custom silicon to have the highest performance with lower power usage. Apple says the vast majority of Mac apps can be quickly updated to be “universal” with support for both Intel-based Macs and those with Apple’s custom silicon.
Starting today, developers will be able to apply for a Mac mini with an A12Z chip inside to help prepare their apps for Apple’s custom silicon. The special Mac mini will be running the macOS Big Sur beta and the latest version of Xcode.
The news everyone knew was coming. The transition will take roughly two years, and the first consumer device will become available later this year.
There’s a whole lot of mentions of “performance per watt.”
That doesn’t bode well for high-end users, at least for a while. Still, I’m excited for the transition. It should keep things interesting.