One of the biggest news of recent years was revealed at the WWDC 2020 developer conference. On this occasion, Apple revealed its ambitions to move from Intel processors to its solutions, taking Apple’s computers to a new level.
That’s what the giant promised from the change — a substantial increase in performance and many other benefits. At the same time, he also mentioned an extremely important piece of information.
The transition from Intel to Apple Silicon should be complete within two years. He confirmed his words about performance at the end of the year when the first trio — MacBook Air, 13″ MacBook Pro and Mac mini — were unveiled with the first-ever M1 chip.
They boasted not only great performance but also low power consumption, which resulted in breathtaking battery life in the case of laptops. Gradually, we saw more and more models. However, the complete transition within two years could have been a success for Apple.
The most anticipated device of all — the Mac Pro — is still to come because the Mac Pro represents the absolute pinnacle of Apple’s offerings and is, therefore, practically the most powerful Apple computer ever, designed for the most demanding professionals.
Is Apple the Silicon Way?
As mentioned above, a Mac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip is long overdue. But as it seems, Apple has been facing considerable problems in development, which have caused it to be consistently pushed back.
In this case, they are running into the limitations of using a newer architecture, which can fundamentally affect the device’s design. The current Mac Pro (2019) prides itself on modularity.
So you can swap out specific components and upgrade the device over time. However, this will not be possible with the advent of Apple Silicon. Once you’ve configured your Mac, you won’t be able to change it afterwards. Add to that the current development difficulties, and it’s no wonder that a whole new issue has begun to arise among some Apple fans.
Wouldn’t it be better if Apple Silicon stayed with entry-level Macs, which offer unparalleled advantages, while Mac Pro continued with Intel processors? That’s precisely what we’re going to look at together.
In the case of the Mac Pro, if Apple decided to continue with Intel processors, it would solve all of its woes while not bothering with the challenges of using Apple Silicon. While at first glance, this may seem like an exciting and, above all, functional solution, in practice, it may not be so handy.
Apple’s Silicon Transition Challenges
After all, Apple has invested a significant amount of money in the complete transition to Apple Silicon and has vowed more than once that its goal is a complete transition across the entire Apple portfolio. Let’s put that aside. What would be worse is the software side. Indeed, the software has been fundamentally affected by the change in architecture.
Not only has Apple had to redesign the operating system, but the same is true of every single application. That’s why developers are also working to optimize their programs for the new Macs.
If one model suddenly appeared that worked with the older architecture, there would be a lot of other problems and challenges that could bring more and more complications. So staying with Intel isn’t the best option, and we have no choice but to wait to see what Apple shows up with.
By all accounts, we shouldn’t even be far away from its unveiling. Although the Cupertino-based company was originally expected to unveil it as early as early June, specifically on the occasion of the WWDC 2023 developer conference, according to the latest information from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, it won’t happen until later this year.
Mac Pro with Apple Silicon still in sight
Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering, John Ternus, introduced Mac Studio to the world more than a year ago. That’s when he let it be known that Apple was working on a Mac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip but that “its introduction is for another day.”
However, the unveiling hasn’t happened — more than 400 days after Mac Studio was unveiled. The development of a next-generation Mac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip has been rumoured without any exaggeration for a couple of years now, as the world is very curious to see how far Apple can take its Apple Silicon family chips in terms of performance.
Sadly, however, despite numerous hints of an early introduction, the machine has not and will not arrive, and it seems that the coming weeks and months will be the same in this regard. Until recently, Apple was expected to unveil the new Mac Pro at this year’s WWDC.
Several sources, led by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, have now let it be known that Apple’s plans have fallen through, and the introduction of this machine is once again out of sight. The last generation remains the 2019 machine Apple introduced alongside the Pro Display XDR external monitor.