At this year’s edition of WWDC, Apple finally launched the transition from Intel to arm processors, and to simplify the transition, the company also launched a developer kit that developers can already use to prepare their programs for the transition to brand new processors.
The kit consists of a Mac Mini with an A12Z processor, directly downloaded from the Ipad Pro. Now at least one developer has run this Mac through Geekbench 5, write 9 to 5 Mac.
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The test gave a score of 800 for single-threaded tasks, and about 2,600 points for multi-threaded tasks. Not particularly impressive numbers, and slower than the Ipad Pro, but of course there are many stunts here. The test runs through Rosetta 2 which lowers the speed by around 25-40 percent according to various estimates, since Geekbench 5 does not support arm processors on the Mac.
In addition, this version of the Mac Mini is designed for developers to easily port their applications to arm Macs. The first “real” Arm Mac is not supposed to have a processor directly taken from the iPad, but something entirely unique.
Even so, it is interesting to see the very first Arm Mac being used, although it is not “sharp mode” yet and only developers can buy it.
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