So many of us in states under our Governor’s lockdowns have suffered economically and subsequently the market has as well. 2020 conversely was a big year for Apple. We saw the launch of the iPhone 12 series, iPad Air, M1-powered Macs, AirPods Max and HomePod mini. What do we expect from Apple in 2021? Enjoy the rundown below.
16-inch MacBook Pro powered by Apple Silicon
With the introduction of M1 and the Macs powered by Apple’s new chip, we expect to see a 16-inch MacBook Pro powered by a chip more powerful than the current M1, like M1 Pro. Just like the 13-inch MacBook Pro being externally unchanged, we expect the 16-inch Macbook Pro to be unchanged as well. The M1 Pro chip will likely feature Active Cooling otherwise known as being cooled by a fan. The M1 Pro chip in the 16-inch MacBook Pro will likely have a high ceiling for RAM and could feature up to 32GB of RAM and feature 16 power cores and 4 efficiency core. We do not yet know how much faster the M1 Pro chip will be than the M1 but odds are it will be significant, maybe double the performance of the M1 as this chip will likely be optional in a new iMac and come standard in a half-sized Mac Pro. The 16-inch MacBook Pro will likely feature Apple long rumored mini-LED display tech to round out the feature updates.
All new iMac powered by Apple Silicon
A design refresh for Apple’s iMac is long overdue and with the imminent integration of Apple Silicon on the horizon the time is right for a design refresh to accompany the new chipset. The mockup above is that of Apple’s new Pro Display XDR. The design is rumored to look much like Apple’s iPad Pro/Air in that it will feature flat edges like many other recent devices like iPhone 12 and a bezel-less display. Based on reputable rumors we may see a smaller 24-inch model earlier in the year then a 27-inch later in 2021.
With the arrival of the iPad Air this year packing the new A14 Bionic also later found in the iPhone 12 series, many saw the iPad Air as the ‘New Pro iPad’ in 2020 and they weren’t wrong. Apple’s current iPad Pro is powered by the A12Z and the iPad Air is powered by the A14 Bionic. We did a detailed comparison earlier this year showing the differences between both of the chips and both of the devices. In 2020 the iPad Air was the real iPad Pro, it even was compatible with the new Magic Keyboard. In 2021 The iPad Pro will make a return packing mini-LED displays, faster Apple Silicon chip replacing the A12Z with an A14X which is reportedly very similar to the M1 chips found in the Mac lineup currently.
Half-sized Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon
Along with reportedly being half-sized, the new Mac Pro will likely feature Apple’s new M1 Pro with 16 power cores and 4 efficiency cores. More configurations with higher performing M1 Pro chips could be made available later on. The design is said to be similar in appearance just half the size of the current Mac Pro.