Apple ARM

2019/06/02

I’m watching the Apple october 2018 event where the new iPad Pro was announced to get the numbers they showed about how fast the latest iPad Pro is.

Why I mention the latest iPad Pro has one reason: tomorrow begins WWDC 2019. There is one thing I’m interested in the most: Macs on ARM CPUs. The latest iPad Pro seems to be really fast (never tried one). If Apple tomorrow announces that Macs will have ARM CPUs, this will be huge. I think this transition would be bigger than the transition from Power to Intel CPUs. ARM CPUs on the Macs would mean power efficiency (better battery life on MacBooks) and maybe a fanless Mac.

Howard Oakley:

Mac hardware has returned to marking time. This year’s new models have shown minimal engineering effort: improved iMacs and MacBook Pros, but no glimmer of real change or innovation, and they were announced in passing, as if Apple was almost embarrassed to mention them, avoiding its customary pizzazz. And we still have the stop-gap iMac Pro covering for the long-absent Mac Pro replacement.

One feasible explanation is that these models – iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro – will be the first to be based on Apple’s future hardware architecture, almost certainly featuring its in-house ARM-based CPUs. For those to be released in 2020, Apple needs to seed developers with mature prototypes this summer, just as it did when it switched from PowerPC to Intel processors.

This made me think: if Apple tomorrow announces the new Mac Pro with Intel CPU and there will be no word about ARM, this would mean a modular Mac Pro with Intel CPU for a longer term. This would be a little weird. Another scenario is no Mac Pro announcement at all.

And the third scenario: Mac Pro announcement with ARM CPU. That would be sometning.