Macs with Apple’s own chips expected to debut at November 10 event

Get a free Techzine subscription!

The new computers will feature “Apple silicon” for the first time.

Apple announced Monday it will hold a digital event November 10. There, the company is expected to announce its first Mac computers using Apple silicon chips. The company has been using Intel processors since 2005.

Apple unveiled new versions of iOS, iPadOS and watchOS at an event in June. This was followed by a new iPad Air and Watch Series 6 at an event in September. Then, in October we saw the debut of Apple’s latest range of iPhone. Missing from those events were new Macs.

This new additional event will be streamed live from its Apple Park headquarters at 10 a.m. PST. Invitations feature the tagline “One More Thing.” Most industry watchers believe that “new thing” will be Macs with Apple-made chips.

Apple CEO has been foreshadowing the launch of “Apple Silicon” all year

CEO Tim Cook said in June that the company expected the transition to a custom silicon processor to take to years as it planned its first release by the end of the year.

Apple at WWDC 2020 announced plans to transition away from Intel chips to Macs built with its own Apple Silicon chips starting in late 2020. Apple’s custom chips are Arm-based and are similar to the A-series chips used in iPhones and iPads.

Then, last week on the company’s earnings call for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020 (third calendar quarter), Cook said that while he doesn’t want to give too much away. “This year has a few more exciting things in store,” he teased.

Related: Is Apple going to consolidate or innovate in end-user computing?

Why Apple is switching to its own processors

Apple says its own chips will increase performance with more powerful Macs that are also more energy-efficient. The company believes that its advanced power management capabilities will allow for maximized performance paired with better than ever battery life.

Apple has many years of experience with power-efficient chip design thanks to its work on small, mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. All these devices already use custom-designed chips developed by Apple engineers. Apple has been working on increasing processor performance over the years. Now it seems that its chips are powerful enough to be used in Macs.

Tip: Why the acquisition of ARM by Nvidia should be prohibited