- Tram Ho
The first generation of Mac computers equipped with Apple Silicon chips have been released and are already in the hands of users. We have three pioneering Mac computers, the 13-inch MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. Apple will not only stop there, but will also launch more Mac computers running its next-generation ARM chips.
Apple says it will take about two years to convert the entire line of Mac computers to Apple Silicon chips. That means we’ll also see powerful iMacs or Mac Pros using ARM mobile chips. So where will the fate of Intel-powered Mac computers go?
New design iMac
The iMac got an upgrade back in August, but it’s just a hardware upgrade with the new Intel processor, while the exterior design remains unchanged. The design of the iMac has not changed for a long time, the last time Apple changed the design of the iMac was in 2012, with the reduction of the thickness on the edges to 5mm. Overall, however, the iMac hasn’t changed its design for a decade.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also repeatedly reported that Apple will launch a new iMac with an altered design and 24-inch screen, around Q4 2020 or Q1 2021. Now 2020 is coming soon. After all, it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2021 to see this new iMac.
And the new iMacs will also feature Apple Silicon chips, possibly the next version of the M1 chip. IMacs also require higher processing performance, serving professional tasks, so the new Apple Silicon chip definitely needs a lot of improvement in performance and graphics processing capabilities.
New MacBook Pro
Apple now has an ARM-equipped 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro. But it still has many limitations to deserve a MacBook Pro, as the maximum RAM capacity is only 16GB, only 2 Thunderbolt ports and 2TB of storage. Apple may need to improve these restrictions on subsequent Apple Silicon MacBook Pro models.
Kuo also reports on a redesigned 14-inch MacBook Pro, which will launch sometime in Q2 or Q3 in 2021. In his report, Mr. Kuo said: “The 14-inch MacBook Pro will have the design and brand new design ”.
Finally, we all hope that Apple will also refresh the 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon chips.
New Mac Pro
The Mac Pro is the product line that is most skeptical of being migrated to Apple Silicon chips. This is because the Mac Pro features a modular design that allows users to change and upgrade internal components. If the Mac Pro switches to Apple Silicon chips, it means that users can hardly upgrade and replace components.
Bloomberg has reported that a new Mac Pro, half the size of today’s Mac Pro, will be released in the near future. But whether this Mac Pro will be equipped with an Apple Silicon chip or not, we still do not know.
What is the fate of Intel-powered Mac computers?
In the end, we still don’t know the fate of Intel-powered Mac computers, after Apple completely switched to its Apple Silicon chips. At WWDC this year, Apple said it still has a lot of Intel Mac computers coming soon.
It’s likely that Apple will keep the Mac Pro line up with Intel processors. Also likely Apple will keep some Intel Mac computers to provide business and education customers. The consumer product line will completely switch to Apple Silicon chips.
Source : Genk