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Apple Silicon pushed the competition back to the drawing board as the chips continue to lead the way and blow the rest of the industry out of the water. But, Apple is just getting started.
In 2022, Apple will continue in the first half of the year with M1 additions and updates to its lineup. The 27” iMac will be receiving the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips as well as a slimmer redesign with the newest ProMotion mini-LED display.
The new 27″ iMac is expected to look like a cross between the Pro Display XDR and Apple’s latest 24″ iMac. At this time, we do not know if it will be all USB-C like its little brother, or even if it will come in the same spectrum of vibrant colors.
The new Mac mini will also receive the M1 Pro or M1 Max chips and its first true redesign since the early 2000s. This new Mac mini may see new color options like the iMac, iPad Air, and AirPods Max. This will be the biggest change to the Mac mini since its introduction in 2005.
And to finally finish the M1 family in the summer of 2022 we are expecting an all-new, completely redesigned Mac Pro which will stray away from the modular design and return back to a cubed design at half the size of the modular 2019 Mac Pro.
The candidate name for this chip is the M1 Pro Max. It will be the most powerful chip ever put into a desktop computer with 20 or possibly 40 CPU cores, and its GPU cores are crazier than that.
Introduction of the M2 Family
For the systems that received M1 in November 2020, it will be their time to get redesigns and the successor to the M1 – the M2 chip.
Beginning with the M1 Mac mini – the same design as the higher-end Mac mini is expected, but this one is more likely to receive color options than the M2 version. With that being said, expect a new port layout.
13″ MacBook Pro
Next the M1 13” MacBook Pro will receive the same design language as the new 14” and 16” MacBook Pros. It will see an improved battery up from its already wonderful 20 hours of battery life as well as the new M2 chip.
The M1 MacBook Air will likely be renamed to MacBook, and will receive a spectrum of vibrant colors just like the iMac, iPad Air, and AirPods Max. This new MacBook will also receive the M2 chip and see even better battery life than the current M1 MacBook Air. It will also be the thinnest notebook Apple has produced and the company’s third fanless laptop.
Finally, the M2 24” iMac will likely be updated in Q1 2023. This iMac will see incredible performance from the M2 chip but will keep the redesign it just received in April of 2021. It is unknown if this version will receive Face ID, as it would be the second iteration of the device.
Apple will add an improved Secure Enclave for its 27” iMac and its 14” and 16” MacBook Pros to enable the True Depth camera system and FaceID found on the iPhone and iPad Pro.
We also know at some point in 2023 Apple will be switching to 3 nm chips across its lineup. Mac chips will be no exception. So we assume that’ll be the M3 lineup if we are going by the schedule correctly.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]