Ioshackz.com Last Minute November Apple Event Rumours: AirPods and Apple Silicon Macs
There is one more event for the year 2020, and it is on November 10th. The “One more thing.” event from Apple is the last event for the year, with announcements for the Apple Silicon Macs and AirPods. It may also be the time for macOS Big Sur to get publicly released. Let’s sum up all of the details and takeaways of what is expected for Tuesday’s event.
The First Macs and MacBooks Coming With Apple Silicon
Every Apple fan has already heard that Apple is making its processors for the next Macs, with the transition completely closing in 2 years. The initial press release regarding Apple Silicon from Apple Newsroom back in June provided that “Apple plans to ship the first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years. Apple will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come and has exciting new Intel-based Macs in development. The transition to Apple silicon represents the biggest leap ever for the Mac.” Most Mac developers are using a modified Mac mini named the “Developer Transition Kit”, which is a Mac mini with a prototype A12Z processor to test the upcoming Apple Silicon processors and for developing Mac Catalyst apps.
On the other hand, the processors expected to be coming in the next Mac models include the A14X chip, which its leaked benchmark tests on Geekbench 5 outperformed the standard Intel Macs. These resulted in a single-core score of 1,634 and 7,220 when it’s assessed with multiple cores. Even for a 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 with the maxed out Intel i7 processor still only resulted in 4,399 in the multi-core test. This is a significant difference between Apple’s processors to the current MacBook Pro models.
The first Apple ARM-based MacBooks and Macs expected to be revealed for the event consists of a MacBook Air, revamped late-2020 13-inch model MacBook Pro, and possibly a comeback to the thinnest, 12-inch MacBook from 2015. There may be a revamp of the 16-inch MacBook Pro models that will be equipped with the Apple SoC.
AirTags and Third-Generation AirPods
Eventually, the Tuesday Apple event will be the time for any AirPods and AirTags announcements, subsequently in spite that this year is the first time Apple is doing an event in November. Last year, November 2019 introduced AirPods Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro models with AirPods (second generation) in the spring. Considering that the AirPods had been revised along with MacBooks last year, there will be an AirPods Studio wireless headphones model, third-generation AirPods, second-generation AirPods Pro and AirTags. These next AirPods will have ambient light sensors that can be useful for fitness tracking and to improve connectivity when placed in the user’s ears. Contrary to the point, AirTags can also serve as a Bluetooth device that can be attached or hung on a user’s belongings and prevent them from losing it and tracking its location from their iPhones, similarly to the Tile.