Apple announced at WWDC 2020 last week that it would be moving its Mac lineup to its own custom-designed processors later this year. It also announced that developers could apply for the chance to receive a loner Mac mini with an A12Z chip to begin developing and testing their apps on a Mac with ARM-based architecture.
Developers are now tweeting that they are beginning to receive their A12Z-powered Mac mini, which is part of what is officially known as the “Developer Transition Kit.”
How many new transition kits would fit in the old transition kit? pic.twitter.com/mG0iTkJ4cY
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To help developers hit the ground running for developing for Apple silicon, Apple is launching the Universal App Quick Start Program, which provides access to documentation, forums support, beta versions of macOS Big Sur and Xcode 12, and the limited use of a Developer Transition Kit (DTK), a Mac development system based on Apple’s A12Z Bionic System on a Chip (SoC).
Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kup says one of the first Apple Silicon-based Mac will be a redesigned 24-inch iMac in late 2020.
Apple will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Mac for years to come and still has Intel-based Macs in its product pipeline.
The Developer Transition Kit, which must be returned to Apple at the end of the program, consists of a Mac mini with Apple’s A12Z Bionic SoC inside and desktop specs, including 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD, and a variety of Mac I/O ports. The total cost of the program is $500.