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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  • alumine - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - link

    I reckon Apple is probably in the best place to pull this off for a few reasons:
    1. iPad OS (based on Darwin, similar to IOS and MacOS - in the same way Windows 10 on ARM is based on a similar kernel to Windows 10).
    2. Tbe app ecosystem - this is the killer. Apple has a huge software ecosystem with AAA titles thanks to the iPad - e.g. Adobe suite, MS Office, and the entire Apple first party libraries inc. Garage Band - I imagine porting these won't be a major issue.
    That covers most of the low end market space.
    Once the low end gets covered - then the more specialised / niche titles are more or less forced to make this transition.

    M$ does not have anywhere near the rich ARM based software ecosystem around Win10 on ARM, but hopefully with MacOS on ARM the shift can finally start....
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  • Quantumz0d - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - link

    Love the entertainment for the sudden ARM is masterrace content. As expected. Some are speculating Apple Servers, Others are saying some top class stuff like Apple is going to start a chain reaction.

    I wonder these people realize how much is marketshare of Mac OS and then how much revenue does Macbooks make. Well to educate the utopian citizens of Apple.

    Mac accounts for 9.7% of their revenue share, shadowed by Services and iPhone is past 50%, and then the world wide distribution is also same, under 10%. So yep, Apple is going to transform the entire world.

    Can't wait to see this Space Age technology beat Ryzen and Intel and also AWS juggernaut, Azure too.
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  • Meteor2 - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    Apple is the largest company in the world. If you think the world isn't going to notice their moving their desktop hardware to ARM, more fool you. Reply
  • trini00 - Thursday, November 5, 2020 - link

    Below should give some indication to Apple performance, A14 in an iPhone Vs Icelake i3 in the MacBook Air, you could probably envision the graphs Apple will show next week.

    https://gadgetversus.com/processor/apple-a14-bioni...
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  • Meteor2 - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    When you see the numbers laid out like that it really is remarkable. Imagine a CPU with 32 Firestorm cores. No idea if that's possible, but just imagine. Reply
  • Biffe46 - Saturday, November 7, 2020 - link

    The article mention that the last thing on the list was a arm cpu on this years list. Have I missed that Apple Tv 6 isnt an option anymore? Waited for it, so I sure still Hopes the last thing on the list for this year. Reply
  • fteoath64 - Sunday, November 8, 2020 - link

    Apple is not focused gaming. So a GPU focused on video rendering and having AI components are much more important in their market base. This they already have. Reply

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