Apple’s radical shift from Intel to ARM for its Mac hardware offers many benefits. It also presents many pitfalls that could derail the project. Apple’s traditionally aggressive approach to updates and quenching tech helps here, but there’s one area it needs to actively push if it is to ensure the new macOS on the ARM platform. Fly.
To paraphrase James Carville, “These are the apps, stupid!”
MacOS developers will be pushed to embrace these new technologies and abandon the old ways.
The two-year transition to ARM will cover two macOS updates, assuming the traditional release schedule is maintained. Big Sur is the initial release, with version 11.1 in 2021 and version 11.2 in 2022 – at which point every new Mac is expected to ship with Apple’s own ARM processors.
What if Apple removes some backward compatibility in version 11.1? Assuming that early on the first ARM machines will have as much backward compatibility as possible, there is no guarantee that this will continue into the future. I expect Apple to let developers know it will move up the ranks at a rapid pace
Why? He wants developers to move quickly to ARM development. He wants ported apps to run natively on macOS on ARM as quickly as possible, which will deliver a smoother experience and increased battery life for users, and he wants to create an ecosystem of (mostly) write-down developers. unique. places (iOS, iPadOS, and macOS) that keep everything and everyone in Apple’s cloud.
Tim Cook’s team has already shown this cruelty. Last year, support for 32-bit apps on macOS was removed in Catalina. Although heavily dragged down by developers in the preparation phase, the removal caused disruption for users who had to deal with legacy apps that would no longer work, no suitable alternatives to those apps, or a forced switch from software purchased to them. software subscription services.
In essence, Apple is telling developers “if you want to stay in our world, you have to keep moving forward and adapt the way you work to our strict vision.”
Questions remain about what this would mean for owners of existing Macs with Intel hardware. Answering these questions would calm many existing and potential owners over the long-term support of their Mac machines.
The two-year window announced to refresh Intel’s Mac lineup to ARM is not only quick, but aggressive. Besides the reconditioned machines and the support required to honor warranty repairs and meet consumer legal requirements, Intel is absent. Developers who are not progressing quickly in tune with Apple? They also came out.
Apple is forcing rapid changes across the macOS platform through strict interpretation of upgrades, updates, and deprecation. It means abandoning older technologies and ways of thinking. I expect most to follow. How much of this follow-up will be by choice and how much by necessity may not be as important as you think.
The course has been set and the engines are running at full speed.
Now read the latest launch date leaks around new ARM-powered Mac machines …