Apple yesterday announced that it would be transitioning away from Intel chips in favor of its own custom Apple Silicon for the Mac. Intel has promised to continue supporting the Mac through its transition.
In a statement to Apple Insider, Intel has promised to continue supporting the Mac through its transition and also argues that its processors are still the best option for developers.
“Apple is a customer across several areas of business,” said an Intel spokesperson, “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,” continued the statement. “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.”
After announcing the transition to Cupertino silicon at yesterday’s WWDC keynote, CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple isn’t planning on cutting off Intel immediately.
“We expect to ship our first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of this year, and we expect the transition to take about two years,” Cook said. “We plan to continue to support and release new versions of Mac OS for Intel-based Macs for years to come.”
“In fact, we have some new Intel-based Macs in the pipeline that we’re really excited about,” he continued.
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.