, folks, it looks like the time has come.
Years after the first rumors that pointed to the possibility of Apple abandoning processors Intel in the Macs line in favor of own chips, based on architecture ARM, it is quite possible that we will see the official announcement of this news in a few weeks, in the opening keynote of Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020.
what the bet Bloomberg in a report today, whose sources believe that the advance announcement will be made to give developers time to adapt their apps. The first Macs with these new chips will arrive only in 2021, according to them, and the first will have a processor based on the "A14" that should equip this year's iPhones.
It is not yet known exactly what will be the first Mac model equipped with its own chip, but the story says that all will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) in a modern process of just 5 nanometers.
There are high expectations for performance gains and energy efficiency with these chips. According to Bloomberg, Apple has had prototypes of Macs since 2018 running its own chips based on the iPad Pro processor, and the results have been very positive.
This will be the third major chip transition in the history of Macs. The first was in the early 1990s, when Apple switched from Motorola processors to PowerPC; the last, most recent, occurred in 2005 with the migration to the current Intel chips. These, however, have been slow to evolve which stimulated this internal project at Apple, codenamed "Kalamata", led by executive Johny Srouji.
THE Bloomberg points out that the new Coronavirus pandemic may, of course, have affected Apple's plans. So there is still a chance that the thing will not yet be announced at WWDC20, although Ma's plan was that yes, that would be / be perhaps the big news of the event. We'll see.