Apple to replace Intel chips with its own, launches operating system Big Sur

Apple to replace Intel chips with its own, launches operating system Big Sur
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23 Jun, 2020

Cupertino, California-based technology company Apple has rolled out a new operating system called the Big Sur. It is also set to replace Intel chipsets on its Macbook Pro laptops with Apple chips designed by semiconductor and software design company ARM Holdings. 

The company, which has used the Intel chips in its devices for 14 years, said the changes would not only ensure better performance, it would also allow the firm to develop its own artificial intelligence neural engine, high-performance graphics and security. Mac users will also be able to access over two million apps on the App Store, it added. 

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While the complete transition will take two years, the company will start shipping systems with Apple chips by the end of the year, it said in a statement. 

To help developers design apps on Apple “silicon” chips, the company will launch a Universal App Quick Start programme, which will provide access to documentation, beta versions of Big Sur and a support forum, it said.    

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“With its powerful features and industry-leading performance, Apple silicon will make the Mac stronger and more capable than ever. I’ve never been more excited about the future of the Mac,” Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said.

It may be noted that ARM already manufactures processors for Apple’s iPhone and iPad range.