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Apple this week announced that it will be switching to its own custom-designed processors for Macs starting later this year. As part of this transition, the company is allowing developers to apply for a modified Mac mini with an A12Z chip and 16GB of RAM to develop and test their apps on a Mac with Arm-based architecture.
While not too surprising, developers should be aware that this « Developer Transition Kit » is not eligible for repair at a Genius Bar or Apple Authorized Service Provider, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors. Instead, developers should contact Apple support, and the company will ship a replacement Mac mini if necessary.
Apple has many other strict rules in place for the A12Z-based Mac mini. For instance, developers are forbidden from disassembling the machine, running any benchmark tests on it, sharing it with others, or discussing it on social media.
Developers who are interested can apply for Apple’s Universal App Quick Start Program at a cost of $500, and the Mac mini must be returned at the end.
Do you get the $500 back when you return, or you just give them $500 to loan a machine so you can learn to develop code on Apple Silicone?
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