As per a new report, Apple is on track to complete its transition from Intel to M1 Macs by November 2020, with updates to MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and other existing models in the line-up that still sell with Intel chips. The transition started last year in November 2020, and Apple had announced that it will completely move to Apple Silicon chips within two years.
So far, Apple has only released ‘entry-level’ M1 Macs, with the chip being used to power MacBook Air, Mac mini, base-model 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the newly released 24-inch iMac. These chips are incredibly fast despite using a very small amount of power but are still considered entry-level chips.
Apple Silicon transition is on track to complete by November 2022
Mark Gurman has revealed in his latest edition of the Power On newsletter that Apple will barely hit its two-year timeline for its transition from Intel to Apple Silicon. The next Apple Silicon chip will be the M1X processor which will power newly redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and will be much faster than the M1 chips. These MacBook Pro models are expected to launch in the coming months. This will complete the transition of all MacBook Pro models to Apple Silicon. Apple will also release a high-end Mac mini with an M1X chip soon after, which will replace the current Intel model in the line-up.
As per the rumors, Apple will also release a redesigned MacBook Air with MagSafe in 2022, although Gurman does not share any exact timeframe. This model is expected to feature a mini-LED display and iMac-like colors.
Gurman also notes that Apple will release another refresh to Mac Pro with updated Intel processors. This will likely be the Intel Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 chips that we covered a few days ago. Apple will eventually replace it with a new Apple Silicon Mac Pro which will a feature 40-core processor and 128-core graphics chip. This will be almost half the size of the current Mac Pro but is expected to be more powerful.
- Next generation MacBook Pro will feature 10-core chip and 32-core graphics
- Redesigned MacBook Air with faster Apple Silicon to launch by end of 2021