Apple chose a particularly historic slogan for the next Tuesday event: “One More Thing”. Steve Jobs usually used this sentence at the end of a stage show to present a particularly significant innovation.
At the Worldwide Developers Conference in summer 2020, Apple announced that the Mac will no longer rely on processors from Intel, but that Apple will switch to Apple’s own chips for future models. Apple already uses this in all other platforms – but not so far with the Mac. Apple did not provide specific information on performance or which Mac models will be converted to “Apple Silicon” first. But this is exactly what the “One More Thing” event should be about. Here is an overview of the expected innovations:
Macs with Apple Silicon – practically safe
The first “Apple Silicon” Macs should appear by the end of the year – and “One More Thing” should be the last Apple event of the year. It is impossible for Apple to announce the new Macs without an event – therefore it is almost certain that Apple will present the first devices to the public. This should show how powerful the upcoming Macs will be – but benchmarks of the Developer Transition Kit and especially the Apple A14 give hope for a big leap.
Which Macs Apple will present has not yet been fully clarified:
MacBook Air – very likely
The Apple A processors are currently used in mobile devices without active cooling – and offer enormous performance despite passive heat dissipation and small battery capacities. The conditions in the MacBook Air are similar – this device is also a very thin model. This is where Apple’s early Mac processors could shine: Battery runtimes of 10 hours and more would be possible with significantly increased CPU and GPU performance. For these reasons, it is very likely that Apple will start with this laptop model when making the switch.
MacBook Pro 13 “- probably
The MacBook Pro 13 “is also a likely candidate. A major leap in performance would also be expected with this model: The graphics performance of the Apple A14 is well above the performance of the integrated graphics solutions from Intel. The 13” MacBook Pro does not exist with a dedicated graphics card – this model would therefore benefit significantly from “Apple Silicon”.
MacBook Pro 16 “- probably
The rumor mill was actually based on the idea of a MacBook Pro 16 “with Apple Silicon in early 2021 – but Bloomberg recently reported that Apple will be presenting a new model of the MacBook Pro 16” next Tuesday. It is noteworthy that the MacBook Pro 16 “is delivered with a dedicated graphics card from AMD.
Since Apple rarely presents models that are slower than their predecessors, either the information from Bloomberg is incorrect or Apple has made significant progress in terms of graphics performance – and may even use its own GPUs with dedicated video memory. Bloomberg’s reports of future Apple products have always proven to be true in the past – but this time there is no confirmation from other sources.
iMac – unlikely
At the moment we hear from the rumor mill that Apple will not present a new iMac with Apple Silicon until the beginning of 2021. But the current delivery situation for the iMac suggests an imminent performance – the current models are hardly available. However, there are no valid rumors about a presentation at the “One More Thing” event – so an idea is rather unlikely.
Release date macOS 11 Big Sur – very likely
Apple first showed macOS 11 Big Sur to the public in the summer at the Worldwide Developers Conference – and shortly afterwards a first developer pre-release was also available. The public test version finally started in July. The exact release date is still unclear – but it is very likely that Apple will either name a specific release date at the “One More Thing” event or even announce the immediate availability of macOS Big Sur. However, no Golden Master version (or Release Candidate, as Apple recently called the last test version) has been released – so the announcement of a release date is more likely.
AirPods Studio – conceivable
There have been rumors about an expansion of the AirPods line for months. These should be over-ear headphones with active ambient noise suppression. The handling of these headphones should be as easy as that of the current AirPods models. The AirPods Studio was already expected to be part of the last two Apple events – but there was no announcement. According to some rumors, Apple had to delay the announcement of the AirPods Studio until the beginning of 2021 – technical problems arose in a late project phase.
AirTags – possible
There were already various references to Apple AirTags in pre-release versions of iOS 13 – these are smart labels that make it easier to find important objects. But Apple presented the labels neither at WWDC nor at the two events in autumn. Here, too, rumors surfaced that Apple had to postpone the market launch due to technical difficulties – but other sources assume that Apple will show the new AirTags to the public at the event next week.
New Apple TV – unlikely
The Apple TV has lost some of its importance at Apple in recent years: AirPlay functions and the iTunes Store as well as Apple TV + now bring modern televisions without additional devices. The only real USP is the App Store on the Apple TV – but here, too, the range is rather manageable. Whether Apple will even bring a new Apple TV to market is in the stars. So far, there have been no credible rumors that Apple will introduce a new generation of Apple TV this fall – so a presentation at the “One More Thing” event is unlikely.
Certainty on Tuesday
The event starts on Tuesday, November 10th, at 7 p.m. German time. Apple makes the event video available on its own website as well as on YouTube. As usual, MacTechNews.de will report on all innovations in ticker style.