We don’t normally publish news posts about Apple sending out RSVPs for product launch events, but this one should be especially interesting.

This morning Apple has sent notice that they’re holding an event next Tuesday dubbed “One more thing.” In traditional Apple fashion, the announcement doesn’t contain any detailed information about the content expected; but as Apple has already announced their updated iPads and iPhones, the only thing left on Apple’s list for the year is Macs. Specifically, their forthcoming Arm-powered Macs.

As previously announced by Apple back at their summer WWDC event, the company is transitioning its Mac lineup from x86 CPUs to Arm CPUs. With a two-year transition plan in mind, Apple is planning to start the Arm Mac transition this year, and wrapping things up in 2022.

For the new Arm Macs, Apple will of course be using their own in-house designed Arm processors, the A-series. As we’ve seen time and time again from the company, Apple’s CPU design team is on the cutting-edge of Arm CPU cores, producing the fastest Arm CPU cores for several years running now, and more recently even overtaking Intel’s x86 chips in real-world Instruction Per Clock (IPC) rates. Suffice it to say, Apple believes they can do better than Intel by designing their own CPUs, and especially with the benefits of vertical integration and total platform control, they might be right.

Apple has been shipping early Arm Macs to developers since the summer, using modified Mac Minis containing their A12Z silicon. We’re obviously expecting something newer, but whether it’s a variant of Apple’s A14 SoC, or perhaps something newer and more bespoke specifically for their Macs, remains to be seen.

In the meantime, because this is a phased transition, Apple will be selling Intel Macs – including new models – alongside the planned Arm Macs. So although Apple will no doubt focus on their new Arm Macs, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see some new Intel Macs announced alongside them. Apple will be supporting Intel Macs for years to come, and in the meantime they need to avoid Osborning their x86 systems.

As always, we’ll have a live blog of the events next Tuesday, along with a breakdown of Apple’s announcements afterwards. So please be sure to drop in and check that out.

Source: Apple

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  • ingwe - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Very interested in how the landscape will look with these. And I'm curious about Apple's trajectory for the next few years.
  • Wreckage - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Now that NVIDIA owns ARM, maybe Apple products will finally have good graphics.
  • GodHatesFAQs - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Apple does not currently use ARM GPUs, and GPUs are not tied to CPU ISAs in general, i.e. you can currently use Nvidia or AMD GPUs on ARM/PowerISA as well, and many people do.
  • WJMazepas - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Apple makes their own GPU on mobile. They probably will ditch AMD in the future too
  • The Hardcard - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Possibly in the present. Among the rumors is that Apple already has silicon of a discrete GPU
  • deil - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - link

    As much as big ones are different from mobile devices, If they exist, they are like 1030 from NV. I REALLY doubt apple have more devs than intel, so GPU by apple that have any sense will not happen.
  • ksec - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - link

    They are still licensed from IMG.
  • Mac User - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    Nvidia has nothing to do with Apple Silicon. First of all, they still not acquired ARM and they need to get agreements from several countries including China. Also, Apple design and make their own chips so Nvidia cant touch them at all.
  • wrkingclass_hero - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - link

    They don't need China's approval for the acquisition, as much as China would like to say otherwise. They have no authority over the matter, the best they can do is lobby the UK to block the deal.
  • name99 - Monday, November 2, 2020 - link

    You're unaware of the quality (performance, power, capabilities) of the iPhone/iPad GPUs?

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