Apple will begin the transition of the Mac to an ARM-based Apple Silicon CPU with three laptops ̵1; both the 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Air – according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who Build a roadmap to accurately report on Apple’s plans by the end of the year.
Earlier this week, Apple announced its plans to hold another live-stream event to announce new products on November 10. Tagged “One More Thing”, this event has been scheduled. will widely reveal the company’s first Apple Silicon Mac and Bloomberg reports confirm that will be the focus of the event. Apple first officially announced plans to switch to its own silicon on a Mac this summer at its annual developer conference.
Today’s report claims Apple will reveal at least two of its new laptops next week but note that two 13-inch models are in production rather than the 16-inch MacBook Pro. It also says that there will be very little if any design changes for the three new off-chip machines.
Each laptop will include an on-chip system designed by Apple that is closely related to the A14 chip found in the newly launched iPhone and iPad Air models. Each chip is said to include a CPU, a GPU and a Mac version of Apple’s Neural Engine machine learning processor and is more efficient than the Intel chips found in current Macs.
Reports that there are no design changes suggest that next week’s Apple tout may be more about performance or battery life than making the machine thinner – at least following this first wave.
Apple said this summer that it will update its entire Mac lineup with Apple Silicon within two years, so these machines are just the beginning. The Bloomberg story says Apple is working on updating its iMac with new silicon, and it’s also working on a new, smaller version of the Mac Pro.
It’s worth noting that the company is committed to supporting Intel CPUs for years to come in its Macs, though it’s not clear whether it plans to release a new updated Intel Mac alongside the Apple Silicon Mac in the months. and next year or not, or that statement simply Intel Mac will continue to receive software updates.
The Apple Silicon transition will free Apple from Intel’s often unreliable product roadmap, and benchmarks of the iPad Pro and Apple Silicon developer transition department show users may see an increase in performance for certain types of tasks.
However, it is possible that not everyone will find the transition completely smooth. Although Apple has stated that legacy Mac apps designed for Intel CPUs will generally run well in emulation on Apple Silicon Macs through the Rosetta 2 and Apple Silicon versions of some important software like Adobe. Photoshop or Unity has been announced, but many questions still remain for many professional users in particular.
For example, it’s not clear what options software developers will have for running Windows x86 in emulation for testing purposes.
Answers to some or all of these questions will likely arrive in the next few weeks as Apple’s first ARM-based Macs start shipping.