Apple Silicon iMac and MacBook Pro coming in 2021; 32-core Mac Pro in 2022

According to Bloomberg News, Apple is prepping Apple Silicon processors that are faster than the best-performing Intel (x86) PCs. A new MacBook Pro (16-inch, perhaps?) and entry-level and high-end iMacs are slated to get the new Apple processors in 2021, with a beastly-sounding 32-core Apple Silicon Mac Pro in 2022.

Artist's conception render of an Apple silicon-powered iMac (2021) (image:
Artist’s conception render of an Apple silicon-powered iMac (2021) (image:

William Gallagher for AppleInsider:

Backing up recent claims that Apple is designing an Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro that is half the size of the Intel one, new reports say the company plans dramatically improved Mac processors. These include a potential 32-core Mac Pro in 2022, and an iMac in late 2021.

The sources say that Apple may choose to hold the fastest of its processors until 2022, and that it may release versions with varying numbers of cores. However, at present the plan for 2021 is a new MacBook Pro, and both an entry-level and high-end iMac. The highest-end Mac Pro would be some time in 2022, and it may also benefit from greatly increased graphics capabilities. According to Bloomberg, the highest-end Macs could gain 64- and 128-core graphics processing…

Apple is rumored to have a large slate of products set to launch in the future, ranging from “AirTags” and “AirPods Studio” to an updated iPad mini. New Macs are also potentially on the way for early 2021.

These rumors include a 24-inch iMac, which could be the next Apple Silicon release following the initial three M1-based launches. Aside from the processor, the iMac is reckoned to have an edge-to-edge display, possibly borrowing design elements from the Pro Display XDR, and with an outside chance of a switch in display technology to use Mini LED.

MacDailyNews Take: So, given Apple’s historical announcement/release schedule, we could be seeing the next wave of these Apple Silicon Macs in March — which isn’t that far away at all — perhaps with new iPad Pro models around that time, too!


  1. hopefully these will have better beefier gpus. that seems to be the thing thats not great on the m1.. for the pro creators. mac pro with dual gpu or afterburner SMOKES the m1 when rendering 4-8K timelines. obviously.

    1. The Mac Pro will be the last machine to be upgraded.
      1. Low sales / Revenue.
      2. Most complicated hardware set up – removable GPU, SSD, HD and RAM
      3. Upgrade cycle is very long.

      I would love for a 16 in MBP to be released with silicon. We have a MBP that is on its last legs and it seems such a waste to get an intel machine if the new model is just around the corner.

    1. Yes. Since it no longer needs to a brick hard drive or large cooling system, and there’s no battery in an iMac, AND formerly separate components like storage and RAM are now integrated, it can probably be as thin as an iPad.

      1. Yes, a 32″, 6, micro-LEDK iMac with an extended keyboard and mouseplus four TB 5 ports (80+ Gbps) powered by an M2 that has 16Gen2 high performance cores, 4 low power cores, 16Gen 2 GPU cores, plus an neural engine and 128 GB RAM with all that as thin as an iPad.
        Maybe by 2023.

    1. Yep, China has its communist anti-American tentacles wrapped around Wall Street, big business and Washington’s balls. Heck, even Kamala is said to have recently signed on as an investment partner In a Chinese venture. I’m sure Hunter will be getting a raise, as well. America first?

    1. That would be nice but doubtful. (Maybe a kit from other sources?) I can hardly believe that the (actually) 2020 Mac Pro is going to suffer a major architecture change and improvement only two years later. Adding insult to late arriving injury.

      Those who bought for a pretty penny, including me, won’t get the same long life 2010 & 2012 Mac Pro users got. The main thing I worry about is Apple and app developers keeping Intel support going for at least another 5 years.

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