Apple expected to launch last Intel-powered Mac next year

Apple expected to launch last Intel-powered Mac next year
Despite the undeniable success of the M1 Max and M1 Pro chips, a new report has suggested that Apple still has one last Intel-powered Mac in its pipeline, which is expected to launch next year.

According to MacRumors, for Intel-based Mac Pro, one can expect the desktop to feature Intel's Xeon Scalable processor, which Intel says has "advanced performance, security, efficiency, and built-in AI acceleration to handle IoT workloads and more powerful AI."

Currently, there are three Macs that Apple sells that run Intel chips: the 2020 27-inch iMac, the 2019 Mac Pro, and the 2018 Mac mini. Apart from them, all other Macs run Apple's silicon.

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Apple may continue with Intel for the Mac Pro is the fact that the firm might not be confident about its in-house silicon when it comes to desktop-class computing tasks.

For those who are unaware, Apple silicon chips run on an entirely different architecture than Intel-based Macs. On Apple silicon Macs, Apple uses Rosetta 2 to automatically and seamlessly translate apps built for Intel computers to run on Apple silicon.


Apple is also reportedly planning to launch a new MacBook Air next year that will use a next-generation M2 chip, a follow up to the M1.

It is not expected to be as powerful as the 'M1 Pro' and 'M1 Max' as it will be aimed at lower-power devices.

The upcoming MacBook Air models will have a design that's "quite similar" to the new MacBook Pros, but with a thinner body, off-white bezels, and no wedge shape. It will come in colour options that are similar to the 24-inch iMac.
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