Macs change their CPU architecture, this is already the third time this has happened after the leaps from Motorola to PowerPC and from PowerPC to Intel. And in all of these jumps, we’ve had the same sales strategy in every line of Macs: cheaper and less powerful models with models equipped with the most efficient processors and the highest prices.
Just try to choose a MacBook Pro: depending on whether you choose a less powerful Intel chip, a medium performance chip or one with the maximum that Apple can offer us, the price difference is X*X euros. This is how computers have been sold so far, but … Will the same happen with Macs with Apple Silicon chips?
A purchasing setup that can be much simpler
Let me explain. So far we’ve seen Apple’s own chips on iPhones and iPads. Whenever a new generation of iPhone has appeared, like the iPhone 11, the chip has always been the same. So many the iPhone 11 for 800 euros and the iPhone 11 Pro for 1100 euros have the same power, with minimal performance changes from battery or display.
The only difference in performance we have in the iPad and it’s quite simple: a standard iPad has the A12 chip while the iPad Pro brings us the A12Z chip. The latter does not have a faster CPU, but it does offer better graphics performance which provides higher resolution screens and operates at 120Hz. While the Mac ranges are differentiated in part by the models of their chips (Core i3, i5, i7, i9…) the price difference of an iPhone or an iPad is primarily governed by the amount of storage or connectivity.
Will all MacBook Airs carry the same chip? Or will there be several models with more and less performance?
What will happen when Apple starts selling the first MacBook Air with Apple Silicon chip? It is a very popular computer, which does not invest in performance except in portability. Are we going to continue to see a range of different models with differentiated Apple Silicon chips? ¿Or maybe we’ll see just one chip in all of these models, and with a price that will change depending on the storage we want to integrate?
We will see new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros with Apple Silicon in 2021 according to Kuo
Apple would have much simpler levels of compatibility than before, of course, and help consumers choose Macs more easily. Choosing the chip, storage, and RAM is not the same as simply choosing between storage. Although I am concerned that in terms of RAM memory, we have the option to expand it at the time of purchase so that some browsers that swallow memory will not have issues. I’m looking at you, Google.
Maybe in the professional lines we have Apple Silicon chip “lines”, although that remains to be seen. It depends on how powerful these chips are and what Apple’s intentions are when selling these Macs, although one thing is clear: Apple will have full control over these lines and chips and therefore you can do whatever you want without obstacles from other companies.