And based on some reliable rumor-mongering, there might be some big changes, including a new higher-powered version of Apple’s M1 processor in all models, a new 14-inch MacBook Pro, new Mini-LED-based screens similar to that of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the return of much-missed connectors and the ditching of the not-much-loved Touch Bar.
If you’ve been putting off buying a new MacBook Pro due to FOMO or hesitation, this autumn might provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. But not quite yet. The iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6, and upgraded entry-level iPad were all unveiled during Apple’s major presentation in mid-September. However, no new MacBooks were seen. More recently, there have been rumours that not only will a 14-inch model be released, but that it, along with a new 16-inch model, would include new, high-pixel-density displays.
It’s highly likely that the company will launch new MacBook Pros or other new Macs at an event in mid-October, as it has tended to do over the years. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg asserted this in a recent tweet, stating, “There will be two events,” the first being the iPhone launch. And in his recent Power On newsletter, Gurman said he expects new MacBook Pro models to debut by the end of this year.
There’ve also been rumors that there will be two variants of the new chip, both with 10 cores (eight high-performance and two energy efficient), but with different integrated graphics core configurations: 16 or 32. In contrast, the M1 has eight cores, split equally between performance and power saving, and either seven or eight graphics cores. Doubling or quadrupling the number of cores promises significantly better performance that, in combination with the tight integration with MacOS, could rival the performance of a discrete AMD GPU. And it’s unclear whether a discrete GPU remains an option.
This is pretty much a given. Apple’s M1 CPU has made it as far as the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Mac Mini and iPads, but thus far we haven’t seen any of Apple’s home-grown silicon in systems for power users. Multiple sources agree that there will be a new version of the CPU — and it’s reportedly already in production — for the larger MacBook (currently a 16-inch screen version), and possibly for upcoming new desktops.