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leaker talks about “multiplier” chips and the end of 13 ″ MacBooks Air / Pro

Transição da Apple para chips ARM

After years of speculation, Apple officially detailed, in the last WWDC, plans for the transition from Intel chips to its own processors on the Mac. The project, known as Apple Silicon, already had several of his doubts explained by the engineers of the Apple, but still raises several questions about the future of the line.

Obviously, no one but Apple can answer, but it is possible to talk about them. And that’s exactly what the journalist did J. Glenn Künzler, writing to the website of leaker Sonny Dickson: he gathered information he obtained in recent months from his sources within the Apple development chain and put it together, in an article published today, with his own impressions about the future of Macs.

To begin with, Künzler endorses rumors that Apple chips will debut (for the general public) in the iMac and in 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to him, these are medium-level products, which facilitates the process – since, with them, Apple will be able to establish a “medium level of performance” and, from there, adapt its chips for input devices or more machines. powerful, like the 16 ″ MacBook Pro or even the Mac Pro.

About this adaptation, the journalist has interesting information – although in the article he notes that it is something even less certain. According to rumors, Apple will not develop multiple versions of the same chip in a given cycle because its processors may be “Multiplicable”.

That is, in a given year in which the 13 ″ MacBook Pro has the “X” chip, Apple would not need to develop a more powerful “Y” chip for the 16 ″ model; instead, the company would simply place multiple «X» chips inside the larger machine, proportionally expanding its speed and processing power.

The «multiplication of the chips» would have a positive side effect, according to Künzler: the simplification of the Mac line. The journalist is betting that Apple, with the ability to create a new thin and light MacBook like the current Air and powerful like the current 13 ″ Pro (or more), will do just that: it will combine the two into one product, simply called in «MacBook». With that, the line would simply have a MacBook, 13 (or 14) inches, and a MacBook Pro, 16 ″.

New iMac concept

New iMac concept

The article also considers the possibility for Apple to merge the iMac with the iMac Pro – and about the all-in-one, including, Künzler reiterates the rumors that we will see an update of the machine soon. According to him, the smaller model will have a panel of 23 ″ or 24 ″, while the largest may reach 32 ″, all due to the drastic reduction of the edges.

Obviously, nothing written in the article can be taken for granted: all these supposed changes are still in the planning stage in Cupertino and are therefore subject to drastic changes. Still… it makes sense, doesn’t it?