Post by the Computer History Museum on the history of Mac emulation
Last week, on June 22, 2020, Apple announced that it will be transitioning future Mac computers away from using Intel microprocessors to chips based on its own designs, using the ARM architecture already being used on its iPhones and iPads. This isn’t the first time Apple has switched out the chips used in the Mac. In 2005, Steve Jobs announced Apple was moving Macs away from PowerPC processors to Intel. And in 1994, Apple shipped its first Macs with PowerPC chips, replacing the Motorola 68000 series of chips used since the original 1984 Macintosh.
CHM recorded a set of oral history interviews with Gary Davidian on February 5, and March 15, 2019. In particular, Davidian discusses his work on the 68K emulator in Part 2 of the oral history.