When Apple began the transition from using Intel chips in the Mac in favor of Apple Silicon, it promised that the transition would take two years. Sad, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that he expects the Apple Silicon transition to be completed by WWDC 2022 in June.
In its latest edition Power On newsletter, Gourmet doubles its previous report that Apple is planning a new Mac Pro, a more powerful Mac mini and a big-screen iMac Pro, all powered by Apple Silicon.
The company has a bunch of new professional Macs in operation based on the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips already found inside the MacBook Pro. These include the smaller Mac Pro with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores, the new Mac mini and the iMac Pro with a large screen. I would expect Apple to complete the transition to its own silicon from Intel chips as early as June at WWDC 2022.
If Apple is really able to complete the Apple Silicon transition by June, that would mean that we will see a lot of new Macs during the first half of 2022.
Gourmet also confirms that Apple is planning a new MacBook Air for 2022 with “the biggest redesign in product history”, as well as an updated launch of the MacBook Pro.
Finally, for the so-called M2 chip that will succeed the M1, Gourmet says no drastic improvements in performance should be sought:
From what I hear, the M2 will be a slightly faster version of the M1 chip from the end of 2020. I would expect the same total number of CPU cores – four high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores – but a slightly stronger GPU. That probably means nine or 10 GPU cores, an upgrade from the current options of seven or eight graphics cores to the M1. I would look at the jump from M1 to M2 as a similar jump to the ones that Apple makes on the iPhone every year.
If Gurman’s belief is correct and if Apple is able to complete the transition to Apple Silicon in time for WWDC this year, a very busy and very exciting first half of the year awaits us from Apple.
In addition, there are still many questions about the future of the Mac Pro in the world of Apple Silicon. The Mac Pro is intended for users who like a lot of upgrade and expandability options, and it remains to be seen if this is possible in the world of Apple Silicon.
As I said, I’m very excited about the big screen iMac Pro running Apple Silicon. I love the 24-inch iMac with the M1, but a little more power and a bigger screen are two changes I would really appreciate.
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