Apple has a bevy of new professional-class Macs in the pipeline which are based on the Apple Silicon M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are already inside the stunning MacBook Pro. Bloomberg News’ Mark Gurman expects Apple to finish the transition from hot, slow Intel tosuperior Apple Silicon as early as June (WWDC 2022).
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:
Apple saved its best new product of 2021 for last: the new MacBook Pro… This year should be a lot stronger. The company has a bevy of new pro Macs in the works based on the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are already inside the MacBook Pro. That includes a smaller Mac Pro with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores, a new Mac mini and a large-screened iMac Pro. I’d expect Apple to finish announcing its transition to its own silicon from Intel chips as early as June at WWDC 2022.
Also look out for the biggest MacBook Air redesign in the product’s history, an updated entry-level MacBook Pro, and a new iPad Pro with wireless charging. Given that the performance of the iPad Pro is already so strong, and that the M2 chip is still a bit far away from launch, I wonder if Apple will stick with the M1 or wait for the M2.
MacDailyNews Take: Gurman, along with many of us, also hopes to see Apple’s next external monitor for the rest of us – at “about half the price of the Pro Display XDR” – to finally arrive this year, too!
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An interesting article, mostly because I also happened to read today an article (elsewhere) which was trying to socialize the $999 price of the old Apple LED Thunderbolt 27″ monitor as being a ‘good value’ proposition.
Of course, half of price of the Pro Display XDR would still be $3K … three times as much.
The dilemma for Apple is that most of their users just don’t need such gear, and even a $999 version of the LG Ultrafines isn’t going to compete well against the street, where one can buy roughly two LED 4K UHD displays at that price.
The next Mac mini could be the size of TV 😮 The current M1 model using old Intel casing is mostly empty space. Add an external storage module option. It plugs in using connector at bottom of Mac mini. It could be a tiny space grey cube.