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Intel confirms support for Apple through its transition to Apple Silicon

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What you need to know

  • Intel has committed to supporting Apple through its transition away from Intel chips.
  • The company stressed that Apple is a customer across many business areas for the company.
  • It also argued its own processors were the best option for developers.

At WWDC today, Apple announced that it would be transitioning away from Intel chips in favor of its own custom Apple Silicon for the Mac.

In a statement to AppleInsider, Intel has promised to continue supporting the Mac through its transition and also argues that its processors are still the best option for developers.

A spokesperson for Intel stressed that Apple is a customer of Intel's for more than just its Mac processors, and the company will continue to support Apple and its products.

"Apple is a customer across several areas of business and we will continue to support them."

They also stressed that Intel's future processors will provide the best experience for consumers and developers as well, saying that their platform is the most open.

"Intel remains focused on delivering the most advanced PC experiences and a wide range of technology choices that redefine computing ... We believe Intel-powered PCs— like those based on our forthcoming Tiger Lake mobile platform— provide global customers the best experience in the areas they value most, as well as the most open platform for developers, both today and into the future."

Apple has also stated that its transition from Intel to its own Apple Silicon will take about two years and that it plans to support and release Intel-based Macs "for years to come."

Apple says its first Apple Silicon Mac will ship by the end of the year, but it has not stated what model of Mac it will be.

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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

2 Comments
  • “Apple has also stated that its transition from Intel to its own Apple Silicon will take about two years and that it plans to support and release Intel-based Macs "for years to come." I hope so... I was about to pour one out for my Hackintosh after watching the Keynote. Edit: Looks like I’m gonna be pouring one out for my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro. Guess you win some and lose some lol.
  • Ryzen 4000 will be 7nm so this should mean a lot better battery life (apart from the performance improvements). Also if the core counts are important for you (e.g. if you are in the IT/dev, so most likely running containers) you'll get double the count. Jonathan from [link removed by mod]