Apple Silicon Macs Timeline

Apple announced in June 2020 that Apple Silicon over the coming two years would be replacing the intel silicon at the heart of the Mac lineup. They also said the first Apple Silicon Macs would be coming by the end of the year.

0:00 Introduction
0:54 Looking back on previous Apple Events
4:07 What will we see first? MacBook 12″ & MacBook Pro 13″
9:38 Apple’s March Event (Education Macs?)
11:21 WWDC 2021 – the Powerhouse Macs
13:38 One More Thing
15:00 iPad Pro Update this year

So with the September Apple Event out of the way and no sign of Apple Silicon, let’s take a look at what might be on the horizon.

I guess a good place to start would be looking at Apple’s event cadence over the past 5 years, so we know what they’ve done in the past.

Apple Special Event, March 9th – Apple Watch, MacBooks, iOS 8.2
WWDC June 8th
Apple Special Event, September 9th Watch OS2, Apple TV with Siri, iPhone 6s, 3D Touch, iPad Pro & Apple Pencil

Apple Special Event, March 21st – iPad Pro 9.7, iPhone SE,
WWDC June 13th
Apple Special Event September 7th – iPhone 7 & 7plus, AirPods, iOS 10
Apple Special Event, October 27th – MacBook Pro

WWDC June 5th – HomePod, iMac Pro, Second Gen iPad Pro, Macbook & MacBook Pro
Apple Special Event, September 12 Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8 & 8plus, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K

Apple Special Event March 27th 2018 iPad
WWDC June 4th
Apple Special Event, September 12th Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS & Xs Max, iPhone XR
Apple Special Event, October 30th MacBook Air Redesign, Mac mini, iPads Pro

Apple Special Event March 25th Apple News Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, Apple TV Plus
WWDC June 3rd Mac Pro & Pro Display XDR
Apple Special Event September 10th Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 11 & 11 Pro, 7th Gen iPad
Apple Special Event December 2nd Best Apps of the year.

WWDC June 22nd Virtual Keynote with Apple Silicon announcement
Apple Special Event September 15th Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, Apple One, iPad 8th Gen, iPad Air 4th Gen
Apple Special Event October?
Apple Special Event November?

Apple Special Event March?

Current Mac Lineup:
MacBook Air – Maybe re-engineered as simply MacBook or taking the MacBook Air name to the old MacBook Chassis – what they always wanted to make, a thin, light silent computer but were let down by Intel’s power draw. Looks to be powered by an A14X or similar but with more ram to allow for true multitasking, beyond the side by side apps on iPad. This side of Christmas.
MacBook Pro 13 Could also arrive this year, but it would be a tougher line to differentiate from the base MacBook.
MacBook Pro 16 Most likely in 2021, possible March Event?
iMac Also March, possibly with a focus on Education as iMac is a staple of the education market. FaceID for Mac introduced, 24 & 30” versions.
iMac Pro WWDC, along with Mac Pro. All pro, all the power, and a deep dive into how it happens.
Mac Pro
Mac mini Possibly by the end of this year, following up from the Developers Transition kit. Gets the power into more hands now and maybe has the option to use existing devices like iMacs, and maybe even MacBooks or iPads as a display – just to accelerate adoption.

One More Thing…

Displays – XDR?
iPads Pro

Which one are you waiting for?
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