WWDC 2020: Rosetta 2 on Apple Silicon Macs and Virtualization


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.

Apple has formally announced its intention to transition the entire Mac lineup to its own in-house processors, as has been heavily rumoured for many years now. Apple said it plans to ship the first Mac with its own silicon by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years.

Applications for the Developer Transition Kit will be available through Apple's developer.apple.com portal, and you can apply here to register your interest in taking part.

In addition, Apple showed a couple of Adobe's apps running natively on Apple's Silicon.

Interestingly, Apple is also working on an iMac refresh with faster Intel processors.

Apple has of course been refining their Bionic processor over the last 10 years now but till now the company has remained loyal to Intel on their laptops and desktops.

Big Sur will also include Rosetta 2, which will automatically translate existing Mac apps that haven't been updated for Apple's ARM chip.

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Apple on Tuesday began the approval process for its Developer Transition Kit, a Mac mini with specialized software that stands ready to usher in a new era of Macs powered by the tech giant's own custom-designed silicon.

Guo Minghao also said that Apple Mac can have more hardware differentiation from Windows PC due to the use of Apple processors.

During this year's remotely held version of the company's annual WWDC opening keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji announced that this effort has been in progress for a long time now. As you might expect, Apple's own Final Cut Pro also performed well on Apple Silicon, making it easy to add filters to 4K video; plus, the Neural Engine is smart enough to keep the action in the middle of the frame in real time.

As usual, developers must submit to a confidentiality agreement that states program participants can not "publicly write about or review" the Developer Transition Kit, or share or display the unit without Apple's prior written approval.

With Rosetta 2 on Apple Silicon Macs, Apple gives you that same advantage. As users install applications written for Intel Macs onto an ARM-based Mac, Rosetta 2 will convert them so they'll run.

Of course, Apple needs developers to help as well.