In Word: Professionals who prefer to work in the macOS environment have been waiting for a 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon for a while, and it seems that their dream will come true in the next few weeks. At the same time, people who have been waiting for an iPad Air OLED will have to wait at least another year.
Now that the dust has settled after the recent launch event for the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7, many are hoping to see the long-awaited MacBook Pro update rumored to feature the successor to the Apple M1 chipset that debuted in 13 inches. . MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro last year.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple Silicon’s ongoing transition is well on the way, and the M1X will go live at an event in the next four weeks. The new chip will reportedly come in two variants that will be based on a 10-core design that includes eight performance cores and two energy-efficient cores.
The main difference between the two M1X variants will be in the configuration of the GPU, which will integrate 16 cores in the low-end version and 32 cores in the high-end model. Apple is also said to be working on an “M2” chipset that will power a new Mac Pro and a new iMac. As for the Mac mini, the company is expected to introduce an M1X-based update with more ports “at some point.”
There’s a high chance that the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will come equipped with higher-resolution Mini LED displays, as well as an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and a new MagSafe charging connector. The Touch Bar may become optional again with this version, as it is said to be on the verge of disappearing.
Separately, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple has delayed its plans to launch an iPad Air with an OLED display due to cost and quality issues. However, the highly anticipated 11-inch iPad Pro with a Mini LED display is still on its way to launch next year. An iPad Air with an OLED screen would have had the potential to cannibalize the sales of the Mini LED iPad Pro models, but the current one supply chain where I know they are a major concern for the Cupertino giant.