Not much will happen to the Mac in the spring, if we are to believe the rumors, but things will really change from the summer onwards.
This summer’s WWDC may bring intriguing news for Mac users, but it is from the third quarter of this year that the new hardware will begin rolling out. And the new machines will give everyone, at least on paper, exactly what we asked for.
One of the biggest announcements of the year will be the arrival of a brand new iMac. According to Bloomberg, this desktop computer will be “one of the biggest visual upgrades for any Apple product this year.” For the first time since 2004, iMac will lose the “chin” that has characterized iMac design for 17 years.
With smaller screen edges and a much more modern design reminiscent of the Pro Display XDR, this could undoubtedly be one of the biggest Mac announcements of the year. Read more about this report here: Redesigned iMac and G4 Cube-like Mac Pro coming soon.
But more is coming. The M1-equipped MacBook Pro we’ve already seen is just the beginning of the move to Apple processors. Throughout the year, we’re expecting to see an entirely new MacBook Pro model that has already taken Apple’s fastest and most energy-efficient processors off the drawing board, instead of originally being designed around Intel.
We are talking about a design whose flat edges take inspiration from the iPad Pro and iPhone 12; there are also rumors of the return of MagSafe, the removal of the Touch Bar and the addition of extra ports. This could be a wonderful little car. If the rumors are true, it looks like Apple will give the MacBook Pro everything it currently lacks.
As for the Mac Pro, it looks like the Intel version will be upgraded and survive for a while. More intriguingly, this model will be complemented by another desktop Mac, half the size of the Mac Pro and with a design reminiscent of the old Power Mac G4 Cube. Sounds exciting: is this a reinterpretation of the Mac mini or a thoroughbred Mac Pro set to replace the larger Intel model within a couple of years? We will find out later in 2021.
Apple may also release a new external display, something else we have requested. For those looking to complement their Mac with a screen that offers the same aesthetic and consistent user experience, there is currently no reasonable screen choice from Apple.
We should believe the rumors, Apple listened. It will release a screen that, unlike the Pro Display XDR, is aimed at consumers, with a lower price. In other words, a sequel to the old Thunderbolt display.
The year 2021 can be a real kickstart for the Mac, the continuation of a process started with M1 in 2020. We could see a new design planned from scratch for Apple Silicon and brand new products like a new screen and a mini Mac. Pro.
Sure, question marks remain, but overall it looks promising. This may be one of the best years for Mac so far.
And if you can’t wait for new announcements, check out our roundup of Apple’s best deals for great deals on the current range.
This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.
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