Apple’s transition away from Intel to its own processors is in full swing, but where exactly is the manufacturer, what innovations can be expected when exactly in the next few months? The right answers are now available from Mark Gurman, one of the best-informed Apple experts in the world.
Apple gave itself two years to completely replace its own fleet of computers and ultimately to equip each Mac with its own processors. It started in November 2020, which gives the manufacturer time until November 2022. But what does Apple’s roadmap look like until then? Mark Gurman from Bloomberg knows more and reveals the schedule (Source: Mark Gurman via 9to5Mac).
Apple’s roadmap for MacBook Pro, Air, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro
A quick look back: The MacBook Air and a small MacBook Pro (13-inch) with Apple’s M1 chip were already presented last year, and the new 24-inch iMac was added in spring 2021. So what’s next?
- In the coming months of the current year is still with the long long overdue new MacBook Pros. We remind: new design, new displays (14 and 16 inches with mini-LEDs), new Apple chip (M1X).
- Shortly thereafter, according to Gurman, we can go to one new and powerful Mac mini hope for a high-end model with the chips of the MacBook Pro. The only question is whether “shortly afterwards” still means 2021 or rather the beginning of 2022.
- the iMac product family should be switched by the end of next year. Gurman is alluding to a new, larger iMac that Apple is still developing. As a reminder: The current iMac is only available with a comparatively small screen of 24 inches. Adequate replacement for the 27-inch model is still missing.
- “Sometime” in 2022 is also with a new MacBook Air to reckon with. The rumor mill is already promising a new, colorful design. As with the new MacBook Pro 2021, a return of the popular MagSafe charging connector is expected.
- Regarding the Mac Pro drives Apple on two tracks, because the current Intel model is supposed to get a smaller update, outfitted with Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon W-3300. The actual new Mac Pro with Apple chips, on the other hand, will be smaller (about 50 percent reduced from the current model) and is definitely still expected for 2022.
This much is certain, macOS 12 Monterey will be used on the upcoming Macs. We’ll see what all this can do Video:
In summary: Apple is still right on schedule and should therefore keep its word. Although the manufacturer wants to support Intel Macs for years to come, Apple will only offer certain features for Macs with an M chip as part of macOS 12 Monterey. In this respect, the purchase of an Intel model can actually only be recommended under certain conditions. For example, if you want to easily run Windows on the Mac. But for “normal” users, the recommended course of action is clear and unambiguous: From now on only buy Macs with an Apple chip.
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