Starting at 7 p.m., follow the announcements of Apple’s third conference in the second half of 2020. After the iPad and the iPhone, the star of the year is the Mac. Follow the event from 6.30 p.m. on Frandroid.
It is arguably the most mysterious Apple conference of the year. After the announcement of the iPad, Apple Watch, iPhone and HomePod mini, Apple has committed to launch a first Apple Silicon machine by the end of the year. This event is therefore an opportunity to discover this machine … and even these machines because rumors evoke several MacBook Pro and Air.
The Apple event live
When and how to follow the Apple keynote?
The Apple event takes place on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. PST. You will be able to watch the event live on Apple’s website, YouTube, and through the Apple TV app. We also plan to follow the event live on this live.
Apple Silicon, what is it?
It’s a safe bet that the November 10, 2020 event focuses almost entirely on Apple’s plans to transition the Mac line to Apple Silicon processors. Apple previously unveiled its plans at WWDC in June, announcing that the first Apple Silicon Mac would launch in late 2020.
Currently, Apple uses Intel processors on its Macs, but this is not the first time Apple has made the transition from the Mac to a new processor architecture. In 2005, Apple dropped PowerPC processors to switch to Intel processors.
More concretely, from today, new Macs will have an ARM chip like iPhones and iPads. Apple designs its own CPU and GPU, via an ARM license like Qualcomm, Huawei or even Samsung. With Apple Silicon, Apple will have more control over its timing and production of the processors used in the Mac. It’s no secret that the relationship between Apple and Intel has deteriorated over the past few years as the US chipmaker faces multiple production delays affecting the Mac lineup.
Apple’s first Mac ARM series will be based on the same A14 architecture as that of the iPad Air and iPhone 12. However, these new processors will be optimized for Macs with more power than the chips that equip them. iPhone.
According to Bloomberg, the first ARM Mac chip would have a 12-core design. The chip that powers the iPad Air, the Apple A14X Bionic, is a 64-bit six-core chip engraved in 5nm by TSMC, with two high-performance cores called Firestorm and four energy-efficient cores called Icestorm.
What are the expected novelties?
According to rumors, Apple is expected to announce new portable Macs equipped with a variant of the Apple A14 SoC previously used in the iPhone 12 and the iPad Air 4. This variant would be named Apple A14X, with more cores for the processor and graphics chip as explained above. According to some information, including a benchmark on Geekbench, this chip would benefit from a real gain in power compared to the Apple A14.
This A14X would contain 8 cores just like the A12Z, MacG compared these numbers to the scores obtained on the last announced Intel MacBooks. The maximum CPU frequency would be 3.10 GHz, compared to 2.99 GHz for the A14.
The first rumors announced the return of the 12-inch MacBook equipped with this chip. More recently most rumors have announced at least one MacBook Pro and one Macbook Air ARM in the pipes. This track is also confirmed by Bloomberg sources that the media presents as being well informed. According to these, Apple and its suppliers would work on a total of three new PCs equipped with ARM processors designed in-house by Apple. We should therefore expect two new MacBook Pros of 13 and 16 inches and a MacBook Air of 13 inches.
In addition, we should also remember that the company is allowing itself two years to make a complete transition to its Apple Silicon SoCs across its entire range. In other words, the iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini are all slated for renewal by 2022.
Big Sur: the next version of macOS
At this event, Apple is expected to announce the release date of macOS 11 Big Sur. Apple first announced Big Sur during WWDC 2020, and it’s the only software update announced at WWDC that has yet to be released. It has been available for a few hours in RC (Realase Candidate), it is a final pre-version.
macOS 11 Big Sur is an important update for the Mac that includes a completely redesigned interface, a brand new Messages app, a brand new Control and Notification Center. These interfaces are translucent, like their counterparts on iOS. A number of apps have new designs, including Mail, Photos, Notes, and iWork, they look a lot more like iOS apps than older Mac programs.
The new macOS also introduces a big update to Safari. According to Apple, its browser loads websites 50% faster than Chrome. The new Safari also has a customizable start page (you can set the background image and select what is displayed) and there is an automatic translation feature built in with seven languages supported.
Finally, we begin to see the first universal applications in the Mac App Store. These are apps that perform as well on Intel Macs as ARM Macs because they have been compiled to work on both platforms. Apple Silicon will also be able to run Intel apps thanks to Rosetta 2, the emulation layer of macOS. Finally, you will theoretically have access to iOS apps, but developers and publishers are deactivating the Mac App Store for their app for the moment.