For several years now there’s been rumours Apple might move its computers to ARM chips of its own design, moving away from Intel, at WWDC 2020 it actually announced a two year migration strategy to do so. I didn’t own a Mac at the time they migrated from PowerPC to Intel processors, though I was using a Mac at the time at work and remember the pain as we waited for Adobe to commit to the transition, it took years.
Thankfully, it appears Adobe is already onboard with the transition to ARM, so we look not to see the hold out seen in the mid-2000s. I think Apple has learned from the experience back then to get key partners onboard early and support with good tools.
iOS and iPadOS
The changes announced to iOS look a welcome change, in actually looking forward most of all to the way it keeps the apps arranged as I’m somewhat OCD in keeping my apps arranged. I think I’m likely to let it arrange into the library for me and I’ll just do widgets on the home screen. So excited for this.
I am also quite excited by introduction of the translation features, I use these features regularly with google translate, so will investigate when it arrives. I think I’ll still keep Google’s offering due to the camera feature which is so useful. Other changes, such as calls not occupying full screen and picture in picture will be nice.
On iPadOS, scribble to text will make iPad like an entirely new machine; shape recognition useful too.
macOS Big Sur
Finally, macOS has graduated from version 10.x to version 11.0, I cannot believe it has taken so long to get there; I guess we’re still months away in reality. Big Sur is still much of the same yet refinements to an old favourite. The interface seems cleaner with this release, relying more upon hover effects to indicate buttons. The iOS control panel has been migrated to the toolbar and appears modular.
Safari, as with iOS and iPadOS, has received quite the upgrade, especially highlighting privacy and allowing third party plug-in support. I’m glad of third party plug-ins given extension support for Safari is limited. It is nice that you can restrict the third party extensions to certain sites and even just specific period of use.
My biggest hopes from today’s announcements is that Apple has invested greater time into quality of development and not just lipstick on a pig as they say. iOS 13 has been quite an underwhelming release that has been full of bugs, especially in several early releases. Indeed, over the weekend it’s Apple Maps app was resorting to ‘the other left’ as we humans refer to it, also known as turn right.
I personally would rather wait 18 months between releases if it meant I got a much better quality product than get something at 12 months that was pushed out the door. You?
How do you feel about Apple transitioning its computers to ARM chips? Would you purchase a first generation machine or wait for a subsequent release? I think I’d be reluctant at the moment to upgrade given their migration, only doing so were my Mac to die (please no!)