Apple M1X-powered MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 models to release in coming weeks, new high performance chip for Mac Pro and M2 for MacBook Air and iMacs slated for 2022
Apple just launched its new iPhone 13 and Watch Series 7 lineup a couple of weeks ago, but the company isn't apparently done yet for this year. While we've been hearing reports that Apple will soon launch upgraded MacBook Pros with the M1X SoC, those plans are yet to see the light. But it looks like we may eventually see Apple announce these new MacBooks some time next month.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman notes that the "M1X is still on tap for 2021". We had previously reported (via Digitimes) that Apple has already started mass production of anywhere between 600,000 and 800,000 units per month of new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 models for launch in the September to November 2021 timeframe.
The new MacBook Pro didn’t appear at Apple’s September product unveiling, but it should still be launching in the coming weeks. Apple typically does its major new Mac introductions in October. So stay tuned."
The information is still inconclusive, but we can expect Apple to send out invites for an event slated to happen between a mid to late October period. Apple may also reserve a spot for an M1X-powered Mac Mini during this event.
Additionally, Gurman also notes that Apple is working on high performance custom silicon for a new Mac Pro and an M2 chip for upcoming MacBook Airs, iMacs, and entry-level MacBook Pros. This was recently indicated by Ming-Chi Kuo as well.
The specifications of the upcoming MacBook Pro launches are anybody's guess at this point, but we do expect to see higher resolution displays with mini-LED backlighting along with MagSafe charging and an improved port selection that now includes an SD card slot and an HDMI port.
On the SoC front, we can expect Apple to use two variants of the M1X chip — with 16-core and 32-core GPU options while the 10-core CPU comes standard. Eight of the 10 CPU cores would be high performance ones while two would be geared towards power efficiency. There's also a rumor that Apple may introduce two additional options via 16 GB and 32 GB unified RAM choices.