Apple still plans to support Intel-based Macs for years to come

New Macs with Intel chips are still "in the pipeline" and the company is planning to support Intel-based MacOS computers for "years," despite announcing Arm-based Apple silicon.

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Apple will continue to support Macs with Intel chips. 


Apple finally confirmed its long-rumored plan to switch to using its own Arm-based processors for Macs at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, but that doesn't mean it's giving up fully on Intel

Appearing on video at its WWDC 2020 event after a demonstration detailing some of the benefits of the switch, CEO Tim Cook announced that while Apple plans to ship its first system with an Apple-designed processor "by the end of this year," it will continue to support Intel-based Macs with future updates. 

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The company expects the Apple silicon transition to "take about two years," Cook said, and plans to "continue to support and release new versions of MacOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come."

He continued, "In fact, we have some new Intel-based Macs in the pipeline that we're really excited about."