Apple Silicon is Apple’s own processor based on the Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) architecture. This processor will be used in all lines of computers and laptops.
This ARM-based chipset does not immediately replace Intel chipsets. Apple said the transition to iMac, Mac Mini to Macbook will be done in stages.
Apple will release the first Mac device with its own processor later this year, and they expect the transition to take two years.
Apple promises a new level of performance and much less power consumption with the move to its own production processor.
This is a big step for Apple, because macOS will support native iOS applications and macOS applications side by side on this new machine in the future.
“Most applications will only function,” Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the WWDC 2020 stage, was quoted as saying by The Verge on Tuesday (6/23/2020).
Besides the possibility of iOS and iPadOS applications running side by side on macOS, of course there are some other changes offered by this chipset later.
Apple promises a new level of performance and power consumption that is far less with its move to an internal processor. Apple is designing the SoC lineup for Mac, with unique features for Mac.
The ARM-based architecture that is common across all Apple products should now make it easier for developers to write and optimize applications on every Apple device.
Applications in the Apple ecosystem itself will be updated to support the internal chipset on macOS Big Sur, and the company hopes developers will update their applications.