ARM Mac Predictions
June 14, 2020
We are weeks from WWDC, where we will presumably see a long-awaited tectonic-shift for the Mac.
Around the Web
Here is my favorite commentary, from around the web:
- The case for the transition
- Defining a decade of computing
- A classic take at Daring Fireball
- Some educated guesses
- “Re-engine, Not Re-imagine”
- Expanding the possibilities
- A relevant comic
- An overview of what’s going on by Axios
I’m not good at making predictions, but will try nonetheless:
- There is a rumored iMac redesign (to be released this year). ARM Macs are rumored to ship next year. Apple doesn’t redesign often, so I believe the new iMac chassis will support both Intel and ARM (A-series) internals.
- The A-series iMac will serve the role of “developer transition kit”, while Intel-flavored iMacs of the same chassis will be sold to the public.
- There will be an x86 emulator. Apple will demo Adobe software on it.
- The value proposition for A-series Macs will be more than just “performance and power consumption”. There will be a MacOS feature enabled by the A14 SOC that Intel Macs can’t have.
- Every Mac (except the Mac Pro) will have an A-series flavor in the first half of 2021.
- The iMac Pro will be absorbed into the iMac lineup.
- The transition will be announced at the very end of the keynote.
- The 12-inch MacBook will make an appearance.
- Most of these predictions will be wrong.
Sticking with the bullet-point format, some thoughts:
- I will happily take the baptism of fire and adopt the first A-series Mac.
- I’m disappointed the regular WWDC audience won’t be around to clap and cheer – I mean – they lost their minds when Steve Jobs demoed scrolling on the iPhone.
- I think we’re looking at a great decade for the Mac.