The news: There’s a big reason that the new M1 iMac looks the way it does, according to Wired’s recent review of the all-new machine.
According to Wired’s Jeremy White, “Jony Ive was involved in the design of this new iMac, despite having left Apple back in 2019. Hardware design is a long process, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Ive’s fingerprints are all over this new desktop. But, interestingly, Apple would not confirm or deny if he worked on the 2021 iMac after he left the company – just that he had worked on it.”
Our take: This is so ridiculously obvious now that I’ve had it spelt out for me: the white bezels, the chin, the same Magic Mouse…it has Ive’s fingerprints everywhere. Really interesting that Apple wouldn’t confirm when Ive worked on the iMac, however…just that he did at some point.
The news: The first iPad Pro benchmarks have been uploaded and the performance as just as mind-numbing as expected (via MacRumors).
With single-core scores hovering around 1715 and multi-core scores in as high as 7262, the M1 chip on iPad Pro is the fastest iOS device by 33.8% when comparing the top two highest iOS multi-core scores of all time
The previous iOS multi-core high score was 4809 on the 2020 iPad Pro with A12X inside
This M1 chip on iPad Pro sees almost identical performance to the Macs with M1 chip inside
Our take: This performance is ridiculous and is sure to position the iPad Pro in a peculiar spot on the market. At the point, no other tablet even gets close to the performance on the iPad Pro…
The rumor: Apple is preparing a redesigned MacBook Air that could release as soon as soon as the second half of 2021, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).
Here’s what to expect:
“Thinner and lighter” design with Apple Silicon inside
The same 13.3-inch display, but with slim bezels
2 USB 4 ports for I/O
MagSafe charging is also making a comeback
This new MacBook Air will be a higher-end offering, with the existing model remaining as the entry-level option
Our take: Seems like Apple is giving all their notebooks the thinner bezel treatment in 2021, which will make them look significantly more modern. For the MacBook Air, I’m most excited to see how the thinnest and lightest MacBook gets thinner and lighter.
“Minor design changes” for the new MacBook Pro models
14/16-inch displays, with “brighter, higher-contrast panels”
New Apple Silicon chips with “more cores and enhanced graphics”
MagSafe port replacing current USB-C charging which will support faster charging
The Touch Bar may be removed
A new, redesigned MacBook Air is also in the works…but it isn’t coming anytime soon
Our take: Seems like Kuo and Gurman disagree on how significant the design changes will be. Incredible to hear that the displays are getting significant upgrades and faster charging is in the works. These machines sound almost perfect.