Among the biggest announcement from Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote earlier today is the official confirmation of the company’s plan to switch from Intel to its own chip for future Macs. Of course, that transition will not take place overnight.
In fact, Apple expects that it will only complete the move in two years. To help developers getting ready for the new Apple Silicon Macs, the company has come out with the Universal App Quick Start Program which inclusive of access to the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that allows developers to test their Universal 2 apps.
Housed within a Mac Mini chassis, the DTK is equipped with an A12Z Bionic processor which is the same chip that Apple uses for the iPad Pro (2020). It also features 16GB of RAM and 512GB solid stated drive alongside two USB-C 10Gbps and USB-A 5Gbps ports as well as an HDMI 2.0 port.
Also equipped with the beta version of macOS Big Sur and Xcode 12, the DTK also comes standard with support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Gigabit Ethernet. Even though the program costs USD 500 (~RM 2,139), the DTK is technically being provided on a loan basis and need to be returned to Apple once the program concludes.
Unfortunately, only developers in selected countries are eligible to participate in the Universal App Quick Start Program and Malaysia is not part of the list.