In June 2020, during its WWDC conference, Apple announced the switch of its Macs from Intel processors to Apple Silicon chips based on Arm technologies. This change allows Apple to offer more efficient machines and improve energy efficiency for laptops.
The expected duration of this transition is two years, and Apple is expected to replace all of its old models with Intel chips, with new computers using Apple Silicon chips. However, according to an article published by Bloomberg in January 2021, the Cupertino company would have some difficulty in completely divorcing from Intel.
Apple is considering launching a new Mac Pro with an Intel processor
While this transition is now almost complete, Apple could still release a computer with an Intel processor in 2022. According to the article, the Cupertino company would consider releasing two Mac Pro.
According to Bloomberg sources, the first version would be an improvement on the current Mac Pro, released in 2019. And the company would consider equipping this computer with an Intel processor. For its part, the second version would have more new features in terms of design, and would have an Apple Silicon chip.
An Intel Xeon Scalable processor?
If this rumor dates back several months, according to an article published this week on the MacRumours site, it is still relevant. The site even indicates that this new Mac Pro should use an Intel Xeon Scalable processor which, according to Intel has “Built-in performance, security, efficiency and AI acceleration to handle IoT workloads and more powerful AI.”
Today, Apple Silicon chips completely compete with Intel processors for computers. However, according to MacRumours’ opinion, Apple is not yet completely confident in completing the transition from the Mac Pro, a product used by professionals such as animators, photographers, or even Hollywood videographers.
Rosetta 2 would not necessarily meet the needs of professionals
For now, of course, the info still needs to be viewed with caution. However, it is possible that Apple will continue to release a Mac Pro with an Intel processor because of the applications.
Mac M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max use a different architecture. And to make the transition easy for users, Apple has developed Rosetta 2. This technology translates apps developed for Intel processors on machines using Apple Silicon chips.
For most MacBook Air users, MacBook Pro and iMac, this solution seems to resolve all compatibility issues. But when it comes to the uses of Mac Pro, it is possible that Apple felt that Rosetta 2 cannot solve all the problems.