Apple: iPhone and iPad apps arrive on the Mac App Store; ARM programs

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Apple: iPhone and iPad apps arrive on the Mac App Store; ARM programs

A day of great news today for Apple, which went freewheeling with the announcements during the WWDC 2020 keynote. In fact, the Cupertino company has not only formalized the historic passage of Mac processors to ARM architecture, but has also shown several particularly delicious novelties.

In particular, the Cupertino company wanted to demonstrate to keynote viewers that ARM architecture is capable of supporting all relevant applications without problems, Photoshop, Lightroom, Powerpoint, Word, Excel and Final Cut Pro included. There was no shortage of demonstrations relating to 4K video, which were run with an Apple A12Z Bionic and macOS Big Sur based configuration. Note the fact that the demos were shown on high-end XDR displays.

In addition, Apple has formalized that Microsoft is working on the Office suite and Adobe is focusing on Creative Cloud for Mac with ARM architecture. In addition to this, support for many other applications is coming soon. It has also been revealed that iPhone and iPad apps will arrive on Mac. Monument Valley 2 and Fender Play were shown. The iPhone and iPad apps can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store. “Most apps can be recompiled in a few days,” said Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Apple’s software department.

In addition to this, Rosetta 2 technology is capable of “translating” Intel apps automatically “overtime of installation“. Rosetta is also able to work on the gaming side: during the conference the opportunity to play Shadow of the Tomb Raider. In addition, the Cupertino company said it is working hard to develop apps natively on ARM architecture.

By the way, the Cupertino company has also unveiled the launch of a Developer Transition Kit, a sort of Mac Mini with SoC A12Z, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD and the Beta of macOS Big Sur designed to allow developers to test the new architecture and make the “transition” easier. In short, today’s presentation has brought with it a historic change for Apple.

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