When Apple considered migrating its computing platforms from Intel processors to its own custom Apple Silicon chips, there was a lot of trepidation as to whether Apple could compete with Intel and, indeed, AMD.
Apple has proven that it is capable of making powerful chips, as we have seen on their iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and now the Mac M1 are proving that Apple is very capable of bringing this experience to desktops.
And not just at the level of processor power, because the graphics or GPU section also makes Intel’s integrated solutions weak. But what about business Mac computers, including Apple’s Mac Pro workstation?
Will there be a Mac Pro with Apple Silicon?
It will certainly come. Apple has confirmed the transition of all of its Macs to its own chips over the next two years. So yes, the Mac Pro, in mid-2022, will receive Apple processors, the first interaction being the M1 chip.
In fact, we have already seen that MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini They have been updated for Apple M1 chip configurations. The next step is likely to be to upgrade the 21.5in iMac (which could upgrade to 23in) and the supposed 14in MacBook Pro.
Later, the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac could make an appearance, to make way for what would be the new Mac Pro, with the most powerful Apple Silicon processor launched to date.
A report of Bloomberg released in November of this year, it suggests that multiple sources have confirmed that Apple is already working on a redesigned iMac, the company’s all-in-one desktop, as well as a new Mac Pro model.
Apple has set a two-year deadline from June 2020, so we suggest we can expect the Mac Pro with Apple Silicon by June 2022.
One of the likely reasons we’ll have to wait longer is the fact that Apple desktops and high-end laptops involve dramatically complex development, an environment where Apple will face more challenges.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple misses its deadline and we don’t see the new Mac Pro until later in 2022, but in any case, that would be before the end of the year.
The Bloomberg report we mentioned earlier contained a great gem of information about the new Mac Pro: it will apparently be “half the size of the current computer based on Intel’s chipset”.
This report says, “Apple engineers are currently developing a new Mac Pro that would be half the size of the current model.”
We’re not sure whether making the new Mac Pro much more compact is a wise move, so make configuration updates later.
One of the biggest issues with the 2013 Mac Pro was that Apple designed it in such a way that it became impossible to update it. So when the 2019 Mac Pro launched, it’s no surprise that it was bigger (and closer to the pre-2013 Mac Pro).
It would be strange to see Apple revert to a smaller form factor because of these issues, in a desktop format where there is no benefit to the tower being taller or smaller.
According to Bloomberg, “It is not clear if this Mac will replace the current Mac Pro or if it is an additional model. Apple’s chip designs could help the company downsize its computers through greater energy efficiency. ”
But Apple’s current Mac Pro is ideal, in part, for accommodating components like additional storage drives, graphics cards, and more.
Mac users targeted by the Mac Pro will be interested in the machine’s new capabilities. Will Apple be able to build a processor that rivals Intel workstation processors?
Currently, the iMac Pro offers 18 cores, while the Mac Pro offers up to 28 cores. Both machines have the Intel Xeon processor, a model that comes from use in professional environments or workstations.
In comparison, AMD offers up to 64 cores for some of its high-end chips for PC gaming computer setups. A report of Bloomberg in December, he says the new processor for the Mac Pro will offer 32 cores.
Graphics are another area of interest for anyone who needs to purchase a high-end Mac such as the Mac Pro. As we saw in this article:
This TBDR (Tile-Based Lazy Rendering) architecture will obviously be more efficient than current methods, potentially competing with the current graphics solutions offered by Nvidia and AMD.
However, according to the Bloomberg report from December 2020, the Mac Pro could benefit from 64 and 128-core graphics processing. “Apple is working on more expensive graphics updates with 64 and 128 dedicated cores, according to Bloomberg.
It is unlikely that the new Mac Pro be cheaper than today, with prices starting at $ 6,499 for the most basic entry-level model. However, it is possible that if the company introduces a smaller model, we could see lower prices.