Apple is preparing to launch several new Mac laptops and desktops with faster processors, a new design and improved connectivity to external devices, accelerating the company’s efforts to replace Intel chips and competing PC makers.
The overhaul covers a wide range of Mac devices, including On Apple higher class laptop, MacBook Pro; the laptop aimed at the mass market, MacBook Air; and its desktops, Mac Pro,, iMac, and Mac mini, according to acquaintances.
The redesigned MacBook Pro models are expected to debut earlier this summer, said people who requested anonymity to discuss an internal issue, followed by a redesigned MacBook Air, a new low-end MacBook Pro and an all-new Mac Pro workstation. The company is also working on a higher-end Mac mini desktop and a larger iMac. The machines will have internally designed processors that will significantly exceed the performance and capabilities of the current M1 chips, people said.
Apple plans to launch the redesigned MacBook Pro with a 14-inch (codenamed J314) and 16-inch screen (J316). They will have a redesigned chassis, magnetic MagSafe charger and more ports for connecting external devices and devices. Apple is also returning the HDMI port and SD card slot, which it mixed in previous versions, causing criticism from photographers and the like.
Apple said on Tuesday that the new 24-inch iMac will be available in stores on May 21. The shares are mostly unchanged.
Computer shipments jumped 32 percent in the first quarter, Gartner said last month, the fastest growth year since the company began tracking the market in 2000. Apple was the fourth leading retailer with 15 percent of the U.S. market, an increase of 12 percent in the quarter a year earlier and 8 percent worldwide.
Mac products are increasingly contributing to the company’s revenue, generating $ 9.1 billion (approximately 66,390 kroner) for the January-March quarter, or 10 percent of total sales.
Apple last fall began to replace Intel processors with M1 chips based on the same technology in iPhone and iPad. These eat less power and leave the Mac running the same applications as mobile devices. Now the company’s more powerful silicon iterations are coming to the Mac line. They will have more graphics and computing cores, increasing the speed for everyday tasks and as intensive work as video editing and programming.
For the new MacBook Pro, Apple is planning two different chips, codenamed Jade C-Chop and Jade C-Die: both include eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores for a total of 10, but will be available in both 16 or 32 variations of the graphics core.
Apple’s MacBook line is shaken by the company’s introduction of laptops with the company’s own microchips, a technology that should provide devices with faster performance, better battery life and, perhaps, higher profits.
High-performance cores are included for more complex tasks, while energy-efficient cores run at lower speeds for more basic needs such as surfing the web, saving battery life. The new chips differ from the design of the M1, which has four high-performance cores, four energy-efficient cores and eight graphics cores in the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The chips also include up to 64GB of memory against a maximum of 16 on the M1. They will have an improved Neural Engine that handles machine learning tasks and allows the addition of more Thunderbolt ports that allow users to sync data and connect to external devices than the two on the current M1 MacBook Pro.
This will be the first time professional Macs have got internal core processors; eventually the company will stop selling high-end Intel MacBook Pro models.
Apple is also working on a more powerful version of the Mac mini (codenamed J374) with the same chip as the next MacBook Pro. It is expected to have four ports compared to the pair available in the current low-end version, and be above the current entry-level M1 Mac Mini. Apple may delay or cancel the launch of the new mini – as in the past – but eventually the company is likely to replace the version equipped with Intel, which now sells.
An Apple spokesman declined to comment.
Buyers of the high-end Mac Pro desktop scheduled for next year are likely to have a choice of two processors that are twice or four times more powerful than the new high-end MacBook Pro chip.
Codenamed Jade 2C-Die and Jade 4C-Die, the redesigned Mac Pro is scheduled to appear in 20 or 40 variations of computing cores, consisting of 16 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-performance cores. The chips will also include 64-core or 128-core graphics options. The computing core is on top of the maximum of 28 cores offered by today’s Intel Mac Pro chips, while higher-end graphics chips would replace parts produced now Advanced micro devices.
The new Mac Pro has been running for several months and is expected to look like a smaller version of the current design, which will launch in 2019, Bloomberg News reported. Apple is also working on a larger iMac with its own processors, but development of this version was halted months ago to allow Apple to focus on launching a redesigned 24-inch model this month.
For a redesigned, higher-end MacBook Air scheduled for the end of the year, Apple plans a direct successor to the M1 processor. This chip, codenamed Staten, will include the same number of computing cores as the M1, but run faster. In addition, the number of graphics cores will increase from seven or eight to nine or 10. Apple is also planning to update the 13-inch low-end MacBook Pro with the same chip.
As early as 2022, Apple plans to replace the last remaining part of Intel with an internal version. Current Apple M1 devices on the Mac still use an Intel component known as USB Retimer, which helps power the USB-C and Thunderbolt ports on their computers.
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