Apple is expected to make a transition away from Intel to its M1 chipsets over the next year or so. We’ve already seen that happen with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and Mac mini, but what about Apple’s higher-end computers, like the Mac Pro? It turns out that Apple might have a slightly different approach with that.
A report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is working on two Mac Pro computers. One of which will retain the same design as the current model and will continue to use Intel for its processor of choice. The other model, which we think is more interesting, will come in a smaller form factor that will apparently be reminiscent of the Power Mac G4 Cube.
This model will be the one that Apple will choose to use its M1 chipset. We suppose in a way, it makes sense. Given that the M1 is a system-on-a-chip, there will be less need for “external” components since it’s all neatly packaged away into a single chipset. This will, in turn, allow Apple to free up more space and create a more compact design.
However, we have to wonder how it will fare against the regular Intel-powered Mac Pro. So far, initial benchmarks of the M1 chipset have shown that it is a very capable chipset and has outperformed its Intel variants, but whether or not it will be “Pro” enough remains to be seen.