2015 13-inch i7-powered MacBook Air at left, 2020 13-inch M1-powered MacBook Air at right. [credit:
Lee Hutchinson ]
Citing sources close to Apple, a new report in Bloomberg outlines Apple’s roadmap for moving the entire Mac lineup to the company’s own, custom-designed silicon, including both planned released windows for specific products and estimations as to how many performance CPU cores those products will have.
The M1, which has four performance cores (alongside four efficiency cores), launched this fall in the company’s lowest-end computers—namely, the MacBook Air and comparatively low-cost variants of the Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro. These machines have less memory and fewer ports than the company’s more expensive devices. The Macs with more memory or ports, such as the 16-inch MacBook Pro, are still sold with Intel CPUs.
According to the report’s sources, Apple plans to release new, Apple Silicon-based versions of 16-inch MacBook Pro and the higher end 13-inch MacBook Pro configurations in 2021, with the first chips appropriate for at least some of these computers arriving as early as the spring, and likely all of them by the fall. New iMac models that share CPU configurations with high-end MacBook Pros are also expected next year.