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June 22, 2020

I feel like I have whiplash.

I'm super happy that the Mac is finally moving to  processors and I've already applied for the dev kit. Hopefully I'll be getting it soon. Can we call it the Chip, instead of "Apple Silicon"? Maybe the name of the new processors just hasn't been announced yet?

The new MacOS UI is going to take a bit getting used to, but I'm OK with it. In fact, it's moved in a direction I was expecting so it lines up nicely with some things I've already started working on for Acorn. Retrobatch will also fit nicely in it.

Rosetta 2 - I did not see that happening, which is kind of amazing and to be honest I'm slightly disappointed about! There's too much backwards compatibility in my opinion. Apparently OpenGL is still present as well.

iPad and iPhone apps running on ARM Macs- that's crazy and not something I thought I'd see happening either. And that's the part that is giving me whiplash. What's going to happen when the Mac is flooded with iOS apps? Are prices for apps on the Mac going to plummet like they did on iOS? Will I still be able to make it as an indie in five years?

I hope so, and I'll continue to make the best apps I can, but I can't say I'm not worried.

Overall, I'm excited. And I can't wait to start working with those new processors.