This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
As the new Macs with the Apple Silicon "M1" chip are making their way into the hands of customers, there are rumors that additional redesigned MacBooks will be released in the second half of 2021.
The rumor originated from a research note to investors by Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst known for his credible Apple insider information. According to the report, the new Apple silicon-powered MacBook models will feature a "new design".
Kuo has not revealed which models these will be, but he has previously stated that he expects to see "redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in 2021."
Famous leaker L0vetodream tweeted a short response to the rumor, "not only for (Apple) Silicon," he said. He has guessed the release dates of the iPhone SE (2020) and iPad Pro (2020), as well as correctly guessing the product names of all four models in the iPhone 12 series.
not only for Silicon https://t.co/mEbI51qg11— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) November 25, 2020
This could be interpreted as implying that the MacBook redesign, scheduled for late 2021, will extend to Intel-based products as well as the Apple silicon models.
Indeed, Apple has explained that the transition to Apple silicon will take about two years and said that new Intel-based Macs are also in development, so it's not unlikely.
What's more, although Apple Silicon Macs generally outperform Intel-based Macs in terms of performance, they have fewer external ports and external displays to output than previous models, and as of November, they do not support eGPU. So the demand for Intel-based Macs should remain.
However, the second half of 2021 is more than six months away. By then, the performance of Apple Silicon could still be improved. Conversely, it will be interesting to see how Apple will promote the appeal of Intel-based Macs at that time.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.