Wasn’t Apple’s “California Streaming” presentation entertaining? New iPhones, iPad and iPad mini upgrades (finally), a snazzy new Apple Watch Series 7 with Fitness+ exercises, and don’t forget about the new Apple TV+ programs coming this autumn. Unless you’re a Mac devotee, everything is thrilling. So let’s speak about the event we’ve all been waiting for all year: the one we’ve all been looking forward to.
It’s time for the Mac to shine, and regardless of the specifics of this yet-to-be-announced event, we know it’ll be spectacular—even more so than the iPhone 13. The following are three explanations for this.
The next M-Series Apple silicon
The M1, Apple’s first Mac System on a Chip, was a game changer for the industry. Its performance astounded everyone, and Intel’s chances of ever catching up were little to none. And its power efficiency is so amazing that when you check your battery life after using a MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro for a few hours, you sit there, rub your eyes, and perform a double-take. Instead of gulping power, it sips it.
But that was approximately ten months ago, and the M1’s allure has faded—still it’s really quick and efficient, but the impact it had on the industry has faded. According to rumors, the upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros will introduce the M1X, which may be the next step in the M-Series. With the M1X, we can see how Apple can improve on its first SoC offering—and, more importantly, the M1X will give us a better sense of what to expect in future SoCs, such as those for the high-end iMac and Mac Pro.
The A15 processor in the iPhone, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to be much that different from the A14. We want the excitement to return, and the M1X can help us achieve that.
The Mac lineup has evolved over time.
The Mac lineup was somewhat stagnant prior to the release of the M1. The Mac Pro (an expensive system that most of us can’t buy) was released in 2019, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro replaced the 15-inch variant only a few weeks before that. Apart from that, Macs haven’t changed much in recent years.
It’s time for the Mac to undergo some more-than-minor (at the very least) industrial design modifications. It will begin with the release of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which are said to have additional ports, an SD card slot (cue the cheers from photography professionals worldwide), mini-LED screens, a FaceTime camera improvement, and maybe the reintroduction of a magnetic power adapter.
The new Mac mini might potentially be unveiled during the next Apple event. According to reports, it will include a redesigned casing, a slimmer design, Thunderbolt 4/USB connections, and a magnetic power adaptor plug similar to the one seen on the 24-inch iMac. Apple kept the iPhone 13’s fundamental design the same as the iPhone 12, but the new MacBook might deliver the innovative design we’ve come to anticipate from Apple.