Apple Custom Silicon: ARM-Powered ‘A12Z Bionic’ MacBook Chip Announced

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At WWDC 2020, Apple has finally announced its custom silicon chip for the Mac computers that will be released in the coming future. The announcement itself isn’t surprising as the ARM chips of Mac have been a part of many rumors.

Based on the ARM-architecture, the new Apple chip is called A12Z Bionic. With that said, it’s built on top of the years of expertise the company has put into the A-series SoCs you find on iPhones and iPads.

Apple suggests that the new ARM Mac SoCs can deliver better performance and power savings over their Intel-powered counterparts. In fact, the latest announcement could be a major blow to Intel if Apple completely ditches third-party chips in the longer run.

All Apple-made apps that come preloaded in MacOS 11.0 Big Sur already support the new chip. Also, required changes have been made to Xcode so that developers can make their apps compatible with the new SoC.

Apart from Intel, it remains to be seen how the new A12Z Bionic chip competes with the likes of its ARM-powered competitor, i.e., Snapdragon 8CX that powers Always-Connected Windows 10 PCs.

According to Apple, the first MacBook with the custom ARM chipset will be available by the end of this year.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at aditya.tiwari@fossbytes.com

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