Amazon Web Services move to offer Mac instances on EC2 is likely to be an accelerant for software development on Apple Silicon in 2021. The AWS move is also likely to give Apple heft in the data center.
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At AWS re:Invent, the cloud giant said it will offer EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) instances to run on demand macOS workloads. The EC2 Mac instances don't cover Apple's M1 processor, which is powering the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini, until 2021 but it could be a game changer.
What does Apple need to transition away from Intel as fast as possible? Scale so developers can write apps natively for Apple Silicon. AWS will offer that scale.
AWS's blog walks through the Mac instances on-demand detail, but the most important takeaway is this: "EC2 Mac instances with the Apple M1 chip are already in the works and planned for 2021."
According to AWS, the EC2 Mac instances are built on Mac Mini devices and can be used to create apps for Apple devices ranging from iPhone and iPad to Mac and Apple Watch.
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The Mac instances are enabled by AWS' Nitro platform, which rides shotgun with AWS' own Arm based Graviton2 processors.
Here's what AWS' move to support Mac instances means:
Bottom line: The AWS-Apple combination is off to an interesting start. You can expect more to come.