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Mac switch to Apple silicon confirmed

Mac switch to Apple silicon confirmed

Today Apple announced that they'd be moving toward their own silicon - effectively removing Intel from the equation. This was a "huge leap forward for the Mac," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Today is the day we're announcing the Mac is transitioning to our own Apple silicon." This move is major for every key player involved - not just Intel and Apple, but the users of future Mac computers as well.

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13.3-inch MacBook, 24-inch iMac rumored to be first Apple ARM computers

13.3-inch MacBook, 24-inch iMac rumored to be first Apple ARM computers

The first few months of the year were rough for companies and organizations that regularly hold large events year in and year out. Most have canceled while others have put their events on hold, albeit indefinitely. Google did cancel its annual I/O developers conference but Apple is pushing ahead with an online version of its yearly WWDC. And it's a good thing, too, because it's now expected to make one of the biggest announcements in the company's history since the late Steve Jobs announced it would be abandoning the PowerPC platform for Intel.

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The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The dawn of Apple's switch of macOS to run on Arm processors is finally almost here, at least if the leaks are correct, and I'm hoping it gives one misunderstood Mac product another chance to prove its merit. Rumored for years, it's a blow to Intel and potentially some work for developers between WWDC 2020 and the arrival of the first hardware come 2021.

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The Apple Arm Mac bombshell reportedly drops at WWDC 2020

The Apple Arm Mac bombshell reportedly drops at WWDC 2020

Apple could announce its Arm-based Mac switch as soon as WWDC 2020, insiders claim, giving developers a heads-up that the first Macs to use the same sort of chip tech as iPhone and iPad are in the pipeline for 2021. It's an aggressive roadmap, apparently buoyed by impressive performance for the new breed of Apple-designed chips in current prototypes.

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Arm just revealed the core tech of 2021’s flagship phones

Arm just revealed the core tech of 2021’s flagship phones

Arm has revealed its next-generation smartphone chips, and the new Cortex-A78, Mali-G78, and Ethos-N78 promise a whole new turn of speed and efficiency for 2021's flagships. At the same time, Arm is also throwing open its new Cortex-X Custom (CXC) program, which will cook up custom chip designs for those companies which need something special from their silicon.

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Galaxy Book S laptop will ditch ARM processor for Intel

Galaxy Book S laptop will ditch ARM processor for Intel

It's definitely understandable if you've forgotten or don't even know what the Galaxy Book S is. Announced back in August 2019 but made available only in January, the laptop is one of if not the only Windows 10 on ARM device that Samsung has ever made. It might be the last one it makes as well if this recent sighting from Samsung's own website is any indication of its desire to rewrite history and present the Galaxy Book S as an Intel-powered laptop instead.

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Hunting new customers, Arm offers startups its chip tech for free

Hunting new customers, Arm offers startups its chip tech for free

Chip-developer Arm is hoping to snag a place at the heart of new tech startups by offering access to its chip technology for free, staving off costs until products are actually being produced. The Arm Flexible Access for Startups program offers the company's processor designs, tools, and technical support with no fees, assuming the startups fit some criteria.

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Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple’s ARM Mac roadmap leak teases supercharged iPhone chips

Apple's ARM-based Macs are coming in 2021, a new report claims, with the company intending to use a version of its homegrown iPhone and iPad processors to squeeze out Intel. The shift could be the biggest upheaval to Mac since the company migrated away from PowerPC to Intel x86 in 2006, though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force some massaging of the roadmap.

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Windows 10 on a Galaxy S8 is possible but still unusable

Windows 10 on a Galaxy S8 is possible but still unusable

When talking about operating systems you can port to different kinds of hardware, most tech-savvy people will probably think of Linux. Few will probably expect Windows' name to be dropped in that context at all. Yet, lo and behold, Windows 10 has actually been going around to a lesser extent on devices it was never meant to run on. The latest example is Windows 10 on ARM running on a slightly recent Galaxy S8, though one shouldn't get too excited yet at its current state.

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Macs with ARM processors coming early next year according to Kuo

Macs with ARM processors coming early next year according to Kuo

One of the longest-running rumors about Apple's Macs and MacBooks is that they will eventually offer configurations with ARM processors rather than Intel's. If analyst Ming-chi Kuo is to be believed, that will finally happen in the last quarter of the year or early 2021 at the latest. Apple's foray into making its own Apple A CPUs for iPhones and iPads definitely lends some credibility to that outlook but, as Microsoft found out the hard way, it takes more than an ARM chip to make a successful ARM computer.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

5G is big in mobile but that's not the only place it'll be in, naturally. Desktop and laptop computers are also fair game but only if they have the hardware to slurp from that high-speed network. Most will use external peripherals but Qualcomm is, of course, pushing a new breed of Always On, Always Connected PCs that this year will gain the ability to tap into 5G networks. And to reassure future buyers that they will be getting their money's worth, the chipmaker is listing which network operators will be supporting Snapdragon-powered 5G PCs when they launch this year.

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Apple-designed ARM for Mac in 2021 tipped after iPhone 5G this year

Apple-designed ARM for Mac in 2021 tipped after iPhone 5G this year

This week analyst Ming Chi Kuo tipped the development of the next major Mac from Apple, complete with an Apple-designed ARM processor. This suggestion fits with other major projects in the pipeline with new processor tech, including 5nm process for the first 5G iPhone and new iPad later this year. This would be Apple's first Mac with an Apple-designed processor.

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