At the end of the “Peek Performance” event, Apple senior vice president of Hardware Engineering John Ternus teased a future Mac Pro model with Apple Silicon.
Last night, Apple unveiled the world’s most powerful “M1 Ultra” chip which combines two M1 Max chips in a single unified architecture to deliver a whole new desktop experience. And the new chip is launched in the new “Mac Studio” desktop computer which is designed to elevate the creative processes in studios.
When the Mac Studio’s design was leaked prior to its official announcement, it was speculated that it is a hybrid between Mac mini and Mac Pro and that Apple might discontinue its high-end desktop computer Mac Pro.
New Mac Pro with Apple Silicon is expected to launch this year
Apple announced the two-year transition of the Mac lineup from Intel processors to Apple Silicon at the WWDC 2020 event and commences the process with the launch of the M1 chip in 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, later that year. As the company is in the final phase of the transition in 2022, Ternus cleverly refuted the rumors of the discontinuation of Mac Pro by saying that Mac Pro will be upgraded to Apple Silicon. He said:
“New Mac Studio and Studio Display join the rest of incredible Mac lineup with Apple Silicon, making our transition nearly complete with just one more product to go, Mac Pro but that’s for another day.”
In the past two years, Apple has held multiple events throughout the year like the WWDC event which introduces upcoming iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and other software updates; the September event that unveils the new iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, AirPods, and other products and a November event to launch new Mac models. Therefore, we can expect the new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon at any one of those events.