We are only a few days away from Apple’s third special event in months. After past events focusing on iPad, Apple Watch, and iPhone, Apple’s November 10 event will likely focus on Apple Silicon transition in the Mac line.
Read on as we put together everything you need to know ahead of next week’s “One more thing” event.
When will the November Apple Silicon event take place?
The Apple Silicon Mac event will take place on November 10 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. It will be completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just like the Apple Watch event in September and the iPhone 12 event last month. We expect a pre-recorded video from Apple Park, featuring Tim Cook and a handful of other Apple executives.
You will be able to stream the event live through the Apple website, on YouTube, and through the Apple TV app.
Once again, the focus of the November 10 event will almost certainly lie on Apple’s plans to migrate the Mac family to Apple’s Apple Silicon processors. Apple first announced this transition plan back to WWDC in June, and the company even revealed that the first Apple Silicon Mac will be available to customers in 2020.
Currently, Apple uses Intel processors in its Mac family, but this isn’t the first time Apple has ported Macs to a new processor architecture. In fact, Apple first publicly planned to switch from a PowerPC processor in a Mac to an Intel processor in 2005 at WWDC.
With Apple Silicon, Apple will have more control over their timeline and the manufacture of the processors used in the Mac. It’s no secret that the relationship between Apple and Intel has worsened over the past few years as chipmakers face multiple production delays, which in turn also affect the Mac product line.
And of course, Apple has shown its power in making its own processors over the years with the iPhone and iPad. Now, it will bring the same processors to the Mac.
Apple’s first ARM Mac ring is said to be based on the same A14 architecture as in the iPad Air and iPhone 12. However, the processor will be optimized for larger thermal windows and properties. the power of the laptop. In fact, in April, Bloomberg said that the first ARM Mac chip would have a 12-core design
Here’s what we expect to see first.
13-inch MacBook Pro
Most recent, Bloomberg reports that one of Apple’s first Silicon Macs will be a new version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. This has also been reported by a trusted but confusing leaker on Twitter L0vetodream and endorsed by Ming-Chi Kuo.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon is expected to look similar to the current 13-inch MacBook Pro. Meaning, we shouldn’t expect any dramatic redesign with this year’s MacBook Pro update. Reports now indicate that we could get a new, redesigned 14-inch MacBook Pro in 2021.
It’s not clear at the moment what to expect from this new MacBook Pro, but we’ll learn more from Apple on Tuesday.
New MacBook Air
BloombergKuo, and L0vetodream have also reported that one of Apple’s first Silicon Macs will be the new 13-inch MacBook Air. This will once again be a new MacBook Air with a design similar to the current MacBook Air, but with Apple Silicon inside.
Apple Silicon can be particularly drastic in the MacBook Air’s small and thin form factor, helping improve battery life, performance, and heat dissipation.
Other Mac hardware notices
In addition to the two above announcements from the Mac, Apple is also said to be developing a new 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, it is still unclear if the machine will be announced during Tuesday’s event. Instead, it could launch as early as 2021 as it’s more powerful and includes a dedicated GPU.
Other reports suggest that Apple could introduce the new 12-inch MacBook as one of Apple’s first Silicon Macs. The more energy-efficient Apple Silicon chips are said to be able to provide 15-20 hours of battery life for a machine like this.
Apple is also reportedly working on a new iMac, a new Mac mini, and a new Mac Pro. No desktop updates are expected to be announced during Tuesday’s event, and you should keep in mind that Apple did. said it will take about 2 years to move entire line of Macs to Apple Silicon.
macOS 11 Big Sur
During Tuesday’s event, Apple is likely to announce a release date for macOS 11 Big Sur. Apple first introduced Big Sur during WWDC 2020, and it was the only software update announced at WWDC that has yet to be released to the public.
macOS 11 Big Sur is a major update for Mac, including a completely redesigned interface, a brand new Messages app, a brand new Control Center and Notification Center, etc. Check out 9to5Mac’s comprehensive range of new features in macOS Big Sur:
For Apple Silicon Macs, the introduction of macOS 11 Big Sur will also include the ability to run iPad and iPhone apps on a Mac. We expect Apple to spend a significant amount of time talking about this during Tuesday’s event, including demonstrations of popular iPhone and iPad apps running on the first Apple Silicon Macs. .
Aside from transitioning Apple Silicon to Mac, there are a number of other possibilities that Apple might announce during its November event, though some of them seem unlikely.
Reports have long suggested that Apple will soon launch its own pair of over-ear headphones. They are said to exist separately from the Beats branding and offer features like head and neck detection, custom equalizer settings, etc.
9to5Mac Also found evidence of the so-called AirPods Studio in the leaked iOS 14 beta code, which includes content that shows at least two color options for the new accessory. As for pricing, rumors suggest they will cost $ 349 for the lower-end “Sport” version and up to $ 599 for the “luxury” version made from leather and metal.
A recent report from Bloomberg indicates that the AirPods Studio are delayed due to a production issue with the design. The headset is supposed to go into production a few weeks ago, but mass production is said to have been delayed. This means that the AirPods Studio won’t actually be released to the public until around 2021.
For over a year, rumors have indicated that Apple is developing its own Tile-like item tracking tools. In June 2019, 9to5Mac reported for content in iOS 13 that references product category “Tag1,1”. Since then, 9to5Mac found evidence of “AirTags” names and references that even appeared in a video published by Apple itself.
Initially, we expected AirTags to be released during last year’s iPhone 11 event, then WWDC 2020, then during Apple’s September event. Most recently, leakster Jon Prosser pointed out that AirTags could be announced during the November event.
Everything we know so far about AirTags can be found in our complete guide right here.
New Apple TV
Apple is also said to be working on the new Apple TV and the new Siri remote. Evidence of a new Apple TV hardware refresh has been in the iOS code for some time now, and a recent report has indicated that one of the changes will be a faster chip for improved gaming performance.
For the new Apple TV remote, Bloomberg suggested one of the upgrades would be supported for the Find My app. This will make it easier for anyone to locate the remote when it goes missing indoors. Whether or not other improvements are also available to the controversial Siri remote remains to be seen.
It’s possible the new Apple TV was introduced during the November event, but it could also be saved later this year or early next year.
Apple November event summation
As you can see, Apple’s plans appear to begin transitioning Apple Silicon slowly and without major changes to the rest of the Mac line. The transition will likely begin with the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Reports indicate that more drastic changes could be one way in 2021 and beyond, including updates to models like the Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro.
9to5Mac will have all the live news of Apple’s November event, so be sure to stay tuned for Tuesday, November 10, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET for all. you need to know. What are you most excited to see in this event? Let us know in the comments below.
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