Announcements from Apple

The keynote for WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) was held on Monday and it was software focused. There was no introduction of new hardware immediately but there will be soon.

The biggest news is that version 11 of macOS will be called macOS Big Sur. It will be available in July as a Public Beta and will be released in the Autumn.

Apple confirmed that they will be switching their processors from Intel to Apple Silicon and that the first hardware using Apple Silicon will be released later this year. The whole transition will last two years and more Intel based Macs are still in the pipeline.

When Apple moved from PowerPC chips to Intel, there was an app called Rosetta that allowed Intel Macs to run PowerPC built apps. Likewise, Rosetta 2 will allow Intel written apps on Apple Silicon. Like the move from PowerPC to Intel, the move to Apple Silicon is mainly due to the speed that new processors are developed. Intel was held back in processor development which held back new hardware from Apple and this switch to Apple Silicon means that Apple now controls the whole manufacturing process.

In fact macOS Big Sur can already run on Apple Silicon.

Apple Silicon has been used on iPhones and iPads for a long time so this transition will permit faster Macs and the ability to run iOS and iPadOS apps on the Mac.

Microsoft and Adobe already have Office and Creative Cloud apps ready for Apple Silicon.

There are many cosmetic changes in Big Sur to give the OS a cleaner look. It will be released later this year.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will also be released later this year as will new versions of WatchOS and TVOS.

Exciting times ahead.

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