It’s been a while since we’ve seen Apple’s One More Thing. But now, shortly before the end of the year, it’s that time again.
Just shortly after the big October event where the iPhone 12 was unveiled, Apple announced a new event. The deadline is November 10th, but what can we expect from the performance?
The invitation already reveals what it is about
In the invitation to the event there is again a sequence in augmented reality (AR). The invitation shows an Apple logo that unfolds and casts a glow. This is very reminiscent of a MacBook with the Apple logo on the display flap that is opened.
This is super cool. The Apple event logo in AR resembles opening and closing a MacBook.
A new MacBook powered by Apple Silicon is coming. pic.twitter.com/R6pIpJTWPC
— Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) November 2, 2020
The fact that Apple is returning to the “One More Thing” slogan for the announcement indicates that it is a significant innovation. The last time the phrase was used to introduce the iPhone X was in 2017.
New MacBooks with technology from Apple
It’s very likely that next Tuesday we’ll see the first Macs with Apple’s own silicon chips. Back in June 2020, Apple announced at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) that it would leave Intel processors behind and instead want to rely on an in-house solution in the same year.
Apple wants to build its chips on the basis of the ARM architecture. This forms the basis for almost all smartphone chips worldwide, for example those from Qualcomm and Samsung. Apple’s A processors such as the new A14 Bionic, which is built into iPhones and iPads, are also based on ARM.
Apple processors for more performance and less power consumption
It’s not the first time Apple has changed the chip architecture of the Mac platform. In 2005, the company left the PowerPC architecture completely. Since then, it has been using prefabricated processors from Intel for all of its Macs – from MacBook to Mac Mini to Mac Pro.
The reason for the switch is simple. Apple has made huge strides with its A-chips for iPhones and iPads. Current models such as the A13 Bionic and A14 Bionic can deliver so much power for brief moments that they are on the same level as a MacBook with an Intel processor.
In a laptop with the appropriate cooling capacity, Apple’s chips can theoretically deliver even more power – and that with lower power consumption than previously possible with Intel processors.
Several models expected at launch
First, Apple could now introduce new MacBooks with ARM-based chips. New versions of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with 13 and 16 inches, as well as a completely new MacBook Pro with 14 inches screen diagonal are possible. In the long term, however, ARM should replace Intel in the entire Mac portfolio. That means iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro are still to follow.
We expect that Apple will also introduce macOS 11 Big Sur with the new MacBooks. The successor to macOS Catalina is the first major version jump in 19 years. Among other things, it comes with a new design and support for Apple’s ARM processors ex works.