Rumor: MacOS On The Verge Of Another HW Transition

Rumor: MacOS On The Verge Of Another HW Transition

If you’re old enough to remember PowerPC-based Macs, you probably also remember when Steve Jobs stepped on stage at WWDC 2006 and told everyone Apple would be moving to an X86 architecture. Over the next year or so, Apple changed all of its products from PowerPC to X86 processors. For over a decade now, all Macs have used Intel processors. In fact, the last version of Mac OS X to support PowerPC was 10.6, released in 2009.

As WWDC 2020 looms on the horizon, we may be on the verge or another Apple hardware transition, though not near as grandiose. Rumor has it, Apple will unveil MacOS on ARM at this year’s online developer event. The first ARM-powered Mac desktops are not expected to arrive until 2021, but Apple may be showcasing this at WWDC – alongside new developer tools – to aid in the transition of apps. While not as much work as the PowerPC transition, this move will undoubtedly impact many applications.

Rumors of ARM-based Macs have persisted for years, just as rumors of Intel-based Macs circulated in the PowerPC days. However, the latest scuttlebutt seems to have some notable sources behind it. Many analysts are thinking this is a lock for WWDC 2020. So, in a period of 15 years or so, Apple may transition from PowerPC architecture to X86 architecture to ARM architecture. Wild.

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