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For the Mac Pro, which US President Trump has visited the factory, there are rumors that a new, smaller version is in development as part of the transition to the Apple Silicon proprietary design chip.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple engineers are working on a new Mac Pro that is similar in design to the current model, but about half the size. It's unclear whether that Mac will replace the current Mac Pro or be an additional model.
Apple Silicon is originally based on the Arm architecture for smartphones, so it's expected to be more power-efficient, which could help reduce the size of the Mac Pro. However, it will be interesting to see how this fits in with the current Mac Pro's larger chassis size to allow for expansion for additional storage and PCIe cards.
Apple has already announced at WWDC 20, the developer conference this June, that it will transition all of its Mac to Apple Silicon over a two-year period. That migration is expected to start with laptop Macs first, with desktops being updated afterward. This Bloomberg report also said that desktop models such as the iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini are expected to be updated by 2022, the Apple Silicon version of the Mac Pro mini (?) is also likely to be released around 2021-2022.
Prior to this, there was a rumor that a new iMac with the first Apple Silicon for desktops, the A14T, would be released in the first half of 2021. Some thought that the desktop Macs, which are often used by heavy users and development sites, would stay on Intel chips for a while, but the transition to Apple Silicon may be moving faster than expected.
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