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What Apple needs to learn from windows before transitioning its mac line up to ARM-based chips

What Apple needs to learn from windows before transitioning its mac line up to ARM-based chips

News about Mac switching to ARM-based processors has finally been confirmed. Although previously, the dates of the announcement were highly uncertain, now the company has decided to announce the online WWDC that is to be held in the last week of June, which is about two weeks from now. Mark Gurman told Bloomberg in an interview that he had asked Apple to make this reveal at the earliest, to not just the developers but also the users.

The biggest issue with the timeline of this processor switch is that some apps are specially developed in format to be supported only by the Intel x86 chip. Amongst checking for other kinds of drawbacks, this one is the most major one. Most people assumed that Apple would go for some online emulation as an option. However, John Gruber prompted that with the previous processor transition as well, the company beat all assumptions and went for the more technically challenging road.

Being the saviour that windows have been since forever, it has decided to guide Apple with its feedback or rather its opinion on the ARM-based Macbooks. It states that for most users, the ARM-based model will still have some pretty unacceptable compromises for users. 

Now it is well known that ARM-based Windows computers are relatively pretty slow. They can be used only for the basic Chromebook kind of functionalities. The hopes are now fixated on Apple’s much powerful and fast ARM chips that they recently brought out for iPads. People are hoping it will work well for the Macbooks too. Although even this cannot be relied upon until it is used and confirmed. 

There are other technical hurdles with using a Windows computer with an ARM-based chip. One needs to know exactly what is not working and why. This issue arises from the 32-bit apps that might be emulated on this computer, but the more modern 64-bit apps might not.

Although Apple wants to avoid such major drawbacks, it will not be able to eradicate everything. In this case, communicating about the drawbacks with the users, in a crystal clear manner is very important.

Windows do put up a good example of showing the industry that both the intel I and ARM-based versions can exist together. Apple might want to not transition completely to ARM chips initially. A good alternative will be to transfer to using ARM chips for all its MacBooks gradually. Gurman’s statements hinted that the company is not looking to make the two versions coexist and want all their whole Mac line up ‘including the priciest desktop computers’ to transition to ARM-based chips.  

Windows is sticking to producing both x86 and ARM-based hardware. Ever since ARM-based tablets and laptops came into the markets, windows put a message to the users that hinted, ‘here’s a cool new thing to try out, although the old reliable thing isn’t going anywhere.’ If Apple were to adopt this method as well, it would be a huge relief for all those looking to buy the new ARM-based Mac products.

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