When it comes to the Mac, 2020 was a year I’d waited many years for. For those of us who follow the Mac news closely, Intel’s transition to its own ARM chips has taken a long time.
From the WWDC announcement to the fall of the first M1 Macs, it was a monumental year in the development of the Mac.
If you thought this meant that all the excitement was going to subside, you would be wrong. So 2021 is sure to be an even bigger year for the Mac.
The M1 was just the beginning
In addition, Apple provided both performance and app support. As it is today, it would be you hard to find to find an application It doesn’t run at least as fast on the M1 as it does on its Intel counterparts. That alone is a huge achievement, especially considering how tough the times are Windows had on ARM.
But this is really just the beginning. Many important applications still run in emulation via Rosetta 2, including much of the Adobe Creative Suite and many pieces of software that professionals rely on. The full optimization of the M1 in these more demanding apps shows us what the processor is really capable of.
By the end of 2021, I would expect the app situation and thus the performance of the M1 to improve significantly.
Of course, the M1 itself is only the tip of the iceberg. The first start of M1 Macs are all entry level computers. The M1 in the MacBook Pro and Mac mini have the same nine watts of power as the fanless MacBook Air, and the difference in performance is relatively small.
In 2021 Apple will likely launch more powerful versions of the M1 (maybe the M1X?), Which will be the real test of Apple’s technology. I can’t wait to see what Apple can do in a larger form factor like the iMac or a 16-inch MacBook Pro. When it comes to ARM chips, Apple will break new ground.
The Macs of 2021
These M-Series chips bring far more power than just power to Apple’s designers and engineers. Control. The use of Intel processors in older MacBooks over the years has kept Apple from adding new features to the Mac. Implementing functions that are directly tied to the hardware, such as B. Face ID, is simply not possible.
That was the reason for that T2 security chip. It was a co-processor that Apple built into its Macs not only for security reasons, but also to introduce new functions. After the T2 came Touch ID – and then improved speakers and microphones. These are just previews of the types of features that may be available for Macs in the future.
We haven’t seen these features in this new era of Macs. In fact, even the designs do not take full advantage of this new processor. A good example is the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which has the same cooling system as the previous models, although far less is needed. It doesn’t cause any problems, but it doesn’t seem to have been optimized for this new efficiency.
Some of these hardware changes are already in the works. We’re expecting a slew of new Macs in 2021, and the designs are about to get exciting. The MacBook Pro 13-inch, for example, is to be replaced by a 14 inch model with thinner bezels and a mini LED display. The same mini-LED technology should also be found in a redesigned iMac – again with smaller bezels. The real potential lies in hardware designs that take full advantage of the efficiency of the M-Series processors.
By this standard, the Macs of 2020 look a bit boring. Don’t get me wrong – this is a big deal. But the real opportunity for Apple is ahead of me, and that got me excited about the future of the Mac more than ever.