According to a rumor, an Apple Silicon version of the Mac Pro is on the pipeline, with Apple also slated to unveil a new Mac mini in 2022.
Apple is aiming for the deployment of Apple Silicon hardware to replace Intel-based Macs as part of a two-year transition plan. It appears that Apple will complete the transition in 2022, when it will finally sell a high-end Mac aimed at enterprise users.
According to Mark Gurman’s “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg published on Sunday, an Apple Silicon Mac Pro will be released this year. Gurman believes the model will be a smaller version of the current Mac Pro design, while also offering significant performance benefits due to the use of Apple’s own processor architecture.
According to Gurman, the Mac Pro version of Apple Silicon will have a processor with up to 40 CPU cores and a 128-core GPU. Bloomberg had stated that the Apple Silicon Mac Pro would have 20-core or 40-core CPUs, as well as 64-core and 128-core GPU options.
In August 2021, Gurman claimed that Apple will “barely meet its two-year schedule” for the Apple Silicon transition.
According to early reports, the redesigned Mac Pro will be smaller than a G4 Cube, with the compute unit on the bottom and a heat sink on top. Additional than its size, there have been few other assertions made concerning its design.
Gurman believes that, in addition to the new Mac Pro, an improved Mac mini is on the way. Previous speculations said that the model would receive a drastic design change, featuring a slimmer frame with a “plexiglass-like” top panel and color possibilities.
A combination of USB 4 and USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and a magnetic circular power connector are anticipated to be available. A chip update from the M1 is also expected, either to an M1 variant such as the M1 Pro or M1 Max, or to a new generation such as the “M2.”