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Apple Silicon Ready for Developers

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Apple silicon-based Macs were introduced several months back and developers have been working to optimize programs. Apple silicon may allow some apps to perform better than their Intel counterparts. Apple Rosetta 2 translations run faster than the Intel counterpart. Developers can find out whether or not their apps are Apple silicon-ready by visiting IsAppleSiliconReady.com. Developers can then optimize an app after it is confirmed that it is Apple silicon ready.

Rosetta 2.0: A binary version

Apple's new Macs now support ARM-based processors. Rosetta 2 was designed to allow ARM-based Macs to run Intel-based Mac software. This isn't a perfect solution. There are still some issues. Users should be very careful about purchasing an Apple Silicon Mac until they have checked compatibility. A website called "Is Apple silicon ready?" was created by programmer Abdullah Diaa.

Rosetta 2.0, while it's important that you know it's cross-platform, it's also worth noting it can be used without problems on Apple devices. The native Mac version is more than twice as fast as Rosetta 2. It is faster than the Intel-based Macs and even better than the Apple silicon. Apple Silicon currently covers the M1 chip. It is planned to expand its coverage to other Mac chips.

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It converts existing Intel apps for use on Apple silicon-based Macs

Apple recently introduced a new architecture which makes it easier and faster to translate apps. Apple M1 processors can be extremely powerful and older Intel apps will need to be rewritten. Rosetta allows existing Intel apps to run natively on Apple silicon thanks to Rosetta. There are two ways to translate apps: Rosetta and Universal apps.

In the end, Apple will support both chips, but the transition to Apple silicon will be a smoother one. Apple will be able maintain support for Intel-based Macs throughout the transition. It will also be able provide longer support periods, faster speeds, better battery life, and a longer service period. Apple's current Macs can still run iOS apps on this system.

It does NOT support virtualization

Virtualization on the Apple Silicon Mac has limited options because the new chip does not support X86-64 operating system. Apple Silicon will also not support Windows virtual machines, which is unfortunate for Mac users. Parallels is busy working on a new Virtualization app. They are excited about the performance, power efficiency, and virtualization features that will come with the new chip. Users will continue to use the Parallels Desktop until then.

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Although virtualization on Intel Macs is possible it can be difficult to transition to Apple silicon. Apple is phasing Boot Camp out, and replacing with a new x86 based chip. Although Apple silicon may have some advantages, it will likely require a lot more technical debt from Intel Macs. It's crucial to ensure you are ready for the switch.

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