TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently joined Twitter and shared his predictions for the upcoming iPhone SE and the analyst is not stopping there. Kuo today shared his predictions for Apple’s desktop roadmap which includes an updated Mac mini this year along with a 27-inch external display. However, updates to the iMac Pro and Mac Pro are not be expected this year with Kuo saying they will not arrive until 2023.
Ming-Chi Kuo shares his predictions for Mac releases
According to Kuo, the iMac Pro and Mac Pro will not be transitioning to Apple Silicon until 2023 which is interesting since Apple originally announced that all of its products will transition to its in-house processors within two years. The Cupertino tech giant started the M1 transition in October 2020 with three Macs so it was expected to be completed by the end of 2022. However, it is plausible the tech giant faced production delays due to COVID-19 and the ongoing chip shortage.
In line with previous reports, Kuo said a new Mac mini is coming this year since Apple wants to replace the remaining Intel Mac mini variants with Apple Silicon counterparts. The higher-end Mac mini with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chip is expected to arrive at Apple’s ‘Peek performance’ event on Tuesday, March 8. This was corroborated by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman whose sources told him the product is “ready to go.”
Predictions for Apple's new desktop products:
1. 2022: More powerful Mac mini and more affordable external display (27-inch without mini-LED).
2. 2023: Mac Pro and iMac Pro.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 6, 2022
Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple is working on a possible upgrade of its Pro Display XDR. The new display, called “Apple Studio Display”, features 7K resolution. In addition, the display is expected to be powered by Apple Silicon and feature a mini-LED display with 120Hz ProMotion. Kuo’s tweet suggests that Apple is also working on a separate lower-end monitor for consumers.
In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also said that the tech giant could unveil a new external display which it completed work on “months ago.” Gurman does not say the external display is the same product as the rumored “Apple Studio Display”.