This is why you can’t run Windows on Apple’s M1 chips

The rumor: An exclusivity deal between Microsoft and Qualcomm has prevented Windows from running on more ARM computers, according to XDA Developers.

  • Up until now, the only PCs that could run windows on ARM chips were powered by Qualcomm
  • Microsoft and Qualcomm have reportedly been in this exclusive deal for some time, but “that deal is set to expire soon” (an exact date is not currently known)
  • This could explain why Windows (via Boot Camp) has been unavailable on Apple Silicon Macs thus far

Our take: As someone who owns a MacBook Pro with M1 Max inside and also games, I was incredibly excited to install Windows on my new Mac…until I learned that Boot Camp and Windows support broadly just doesn’t exist right now. Sure, there are way to virtualize Windows…but performance is never as good as it could be. I really hope Microsoft and Apple work together so that Windows can run natively on M1 chips sometime next year.

2021 MacBook Pro may see return of HDMI port & SD card reader

The rumor: Apple is preparing to make the MacBook Pro, pro again, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (78.2% accurate).

  • In addition to the SD card reader returning, a physical HDMI port may also see its return to the MacBook Pro lineup
  • Rumors suggest the MacBook Pro update will be happening sometime this summer

Our take: This is incredible news from a super credible source. Fantastic that we are getting more I/O back on a notebook that never should have lost it.

Redesigned iMacs to launch ‘toward the end of’ 2021

The rumor: Apple still plans to introduce revamped iMacs this year, but not imminently, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).

  • Gurman says the first full iMac redesign in nearly a decade will happen “toward the end of this year”
  • Redesigned iMac models will feature larger displays with slimmer bezels and new Apple Silicon inside

Our take: With other reputable sources like Ming-Chi Kuo (78.2% accurate) suggesting a 24-inch iMac is set to launch earlier in the year, I could see Apple doing a staggered launch. Perhaps we’ll see the smaller iMac in the Spring and bigger iMac in the Fall.

Apple’s future M-series chips may have up to 32-cores, improved graphics

The rumor: Future versions of Apple’s wildly powerful M-series chips are coming throughout 2021, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).

  • Apple is reportedly planning “the next two lines of Apple chips,” with speculation that they could be called M1X and M2
  • 8, 12 or 16 high-performance cores are planned for new MacBook Pro and iMac models, with up to 32-cores coming to the new “half-size” Mac Pro
  • In the graphics department, Apple is working on 16-core and 32-core options for future laptops and desktops
  • The next generation of ARM chips are said to be coming in Spring and Fall 2021, powering new versions of MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro

Our take: If Apple is able to scale the baseline M1 chip…the results are going to literally be off the charts. These redesigned Macs can’t come soon enough.

13-inch MacBook Air & Pro to get Apple Silicon this week (update: no 16-inch?)

Update 11/9: Gurman has updated his initial report to say that only the 2 new 13-inch models are for sure coming at the event on Tuesday. The 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon is on the way, but as production is further behind than the other models, it may not make the cut.

The rumor: Apple is planning 3 significant MacBook updates at their Apple Silicon event next week, according to Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate).

  • 13-inch versions of the MacBook Air and Pro and the 16-inch Pro are all getting Apple Silicon on November 10
  • The Apple-designed processor inside is apparently based off the A14 chip included in iPhone 12 and iPad Air
  • No major design upgrades are expected…they MacBooks will look aesthetically similar to how they do currently

Our take: Wow! So the entire MacBook lineup is getting Apple Silicon next week. We had no idea until now that the 16-inch model would be getting it this early on.

Apple may announce 2 new 13-inch MacBooks on November 10

The rumor: Apple is preparing significant updates to 2 of their most popular notebooks, according to Lovetodream (88.5% accurate).

  • First to get Apple Silicon will likely be 2 new MacBook models
  • Apple currently offers two notebooks in a 13-inch size: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
  • Previous rumors suggested Apple would bring back the ‘MacBook’ line

Our take: As I’ve said from the beginning, Apple is planning to start small and build up to bigger and better computers with their own silicon inside. This makes perfect sense to me.

https://twitter.com/L0vetodream/status/1323318103145525248?s=20

Many 13″ MacBook Pro & 21.5″ iMac models out of stock ahead of rumored November event

The news: A number of popular Macs aren’t shipping until early December, according to data provided on apple.com.

  • Everything that’s out of stock right now:
    • All 21.5-inch 4K iMac models ship on December 3
    • The highest-end 27-inch 5K iMac ships between November 25-December 3
    • All iMac Pro models ship on December 10
    • Both higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro models ship on December 2
  • And the computes in stock:
    • All Mac mini models
    • All MacBook Air models
    • All Mac Pro models
    • The base, non-4K 21.5-inch iMac
    • Both 16-inch MacBook Pro models
  • Apple is rumored to hold their next event on Tuesday, November 17 where the first Mac(s) powered by Apple Silicon will be unveiled

Our take: Stock supply on Apple’s site isn’t always a guarantee that new products are on the way, but with rumors swirling of new Macs on the way…the 13-inch MacBook Pro and 21.5-inch iMac shortages align perfectly with the leaks. Earlier this year, stock for Apple Watch Series 5 was out of whack just ahead of the Series 6 unveil.

Ahead of November 17 event, Apple invites devs to one-on-one labs

The news: Apple is inviting select developers to one-on-one sessions ahead of a rumored next month, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

  • Developers who have a Silicon Developer Transition Kit (DTK) can attend one-on-one labs with Apple on November 4 and 5
  • The DTK is an A12z-powered Mac mini that must be returned to Apple at some point in the future
  • Jon Prosser (85.5% accurate) says the Apple Silicon event will take place on November 17, where AirTags will also be announced

Our take: Seems like perfect timing that Apple is meeting with select devs and a November event is rumored to be just around the corner…

Apple ARM Mac event likely happening on November 17

The rumor: Apple will unveil the first-ever Mac with Apple Silicon inside in mid-November, according to Jon Prosser (85.2% accurate).

  • At least one new ARM Mac powered by Apple Silicon is expected at the November event, which Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate) has also rumored
  • Leaks suggest it will be either a new version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro or the reincarnation of the ‘MacBook’ line
  • AirTags, Apple’s Tile competitor, may also be coming at this event

Our take: Prosser, whose credibility increased significantly following Apple’s last event, was spot-on when leaking the date for Apple’s October 13 event. So we’re likely just over a month away from the first ever Mac made with Apple Silicon!

First Apple Silicon Mac to debut at November event

The rumor: Apple’s first Mac with Apple Silicon is coming at a 3rd special event in November, according to Mark Gurman (87.8% accurate).

  • Rumors suggest the first Apple Silicon Mac will be one or two new products
    • a) a new 12-inch MacBook
    • b) an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • Other products, like AirPods Studio, are also expected to debut at the November event

Our take: I think I’d place my bets on the 12-inch MacBook coming back. Just as that product was discontinued in recent years, reviving it could be a great way to sell the future of Apple Silicon.

Apple Silicon ‘MacBook’ refresh possible this year with up to 20 hour battery life

The rumor: Apple is planning to reintroduce the MacBook line later this year with an A14X processor inside, according to The China Times (66.7% accurate).

  • The revamped MacBook is said to way less than 1kg (2.2 lbs)
  • You may be able to get 15-20 hours of battery life due to the new architecture
  • A Retina display will measure 12 inches diagonally

Our take: This marks the second time we’ve heard that Apple is planning to announce the revival of the ‘MacBook’ lineup later this year. Seems like the strategy will definitely be to start small and build up to more expensive devices later on.