But the change is not yet complete. So far, Apple has only equipped the entry-level models with M1 processors – and this led to a strange situation: A Mac mini with an M1 processor for less than 1,000 euros even outperforms an iMac Pro with Intel Xeon processors in some tests.
Bloomberg now wants to receive more information about new M1 models and cheaper Apple screens:
All new iMac
The current design of the Intel iMac is almost nine years old. The previous M1 Macs were largely similar to the previous models in terms of the housing design (apart from the color of the Mac mini). This is about to change with the iMac: According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning a completely new design in the style of the Apple Pro-XDR display:
The back of the iMac should no longer be rounded – and the silver area below the display should be eliminated. According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning two different models with the code names J456 and J457 – this is probably an iMac with a smaller and larger screen. Bloomberg does not disclose what screen sizes Apple will offer. The rumor mill is rumored that Apple is planning a 24 “and a 30” model.
Mac Pro with Apple Chips – and Mac Pro mini?
Apple is of course already planning to convert the Mac Pro to Apple’s own chips – but although the M1 Mac mini can already keep up with the entry-level Mac Pro, Apple needs significantly more cores and faster GPUs for the high-end models develop.
Bloomberg claims to have found out that the M1 Mac Pro has the same design as the current Mac Pro – but Apple is working on a smaller model according to the information. This is probably reminiscent of the Power Mac G4 Cube, which Apple presented in the summer of 2000 and which took it out of the range after just one year.
Apple is said to have discussed internally whether to continue to offer the larger Mac Pro with Intel processors and only equip the small Mac Pro with M1 chips – the outcome of these considerations is not yet known. Bloomberg does not provide any information about equipment or prices – but it is to be expected that both Mac Pro models will also be priced at professional users.
Cheaper Apple display
In 2016, Apple discontinued the Thunderbolt display – and from now on touted LG’s UltraFine screens as an alternative. Since then, from 2019 onwards, Apple has only offered the Apple Pro XDR display, which is unaffordable for most home users. This screen is aimed exclusively at professional users, which is already clear from the price: the Pro XDR display costs 5,499 euros or 6,499 euros with nanotexture glass.
Bloomberg now wants to know that Apple wants to offer its own screens again in the future. Currently, the project is still in an early phase – a performance is expected more in 2022 than 2021, according to Bloomberg. The cheaper display should use panels that are also used in Apple’s iMacs and do not have such a complicated technology as in the Pro XDR display.