There will be a two-year transition to Macs running the new chips, but crucially Apple says that some Intel Macs will still be available which could be seen as an admission that performance at the top end won't match Intel's chips.
In addition, Apple showed a couple of Adobe's apps running natively on Apple's Silicon. This will even work for complex apps that use plugins, as well as video games.
Calling the transition "a huge leap forward" for the Mac, Srouji recounted Apple's successes with its A-series processors for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch over the past ten years since the introduction of the A4. With an emphasis on power efficiency as well as performance, users will not have to sacrifice speed to fit within the battery and thermal constraints of a notebook with future Macs, Srouji said.
Big Sur will also include Rosetta 2, which will automatically translate existing Mac apps that haven't been updated for Apple's ARM chip.
Developers need time to prepare their devices to work on the new processors, which are based on different technology and require optimizations for apps to run properly. Plus, Apple's neural engine is coming to the Mac for adding better machine learning capabilities.
At WWDC today, Apple announced that it would be transitioning away from Intel chips in favor of its own custom Apple Silicon for the Mac. Apple has confirmed the rumor that has been going around for years, opting out on Intel CPUs and moving to its own custom processors. Unsurprisingly, the application form seems to be suffering under heavy load right now, but check back frequently if you're really interested in getting your hands on ARM-based Mac hardware early to transition your software.
In case you read the press announcements from Apple, you might have noticed a pretty big shift in the silicon paradigm.
It also appears that Boot Camp will no longer be available for use on Macs powered by Apple Silicon. Well, presumably an app problem, but Apple promises the process has been streamlined and should be relatively painless for developers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook characterized it Monday as the biggest transition ever for the Mac, which has gone through three other evolutions in its three decade history.
Apple is a launching a Quick Start program to help developers get up and running, and start shipping the kits powered by the A12Z Bionic System on a Chip (SoC) this week.