Is this Apple’s product roadmap for ARM-based Macs?

Rumours suggest that an Apple Silicon-powered iMac and 16-inch Macbook Pro will arrive in 2021.

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At this year’s WWDC, Tim Cook announced that Apple’s Mac devices will be transitioning from Intel chips to Apple Silicon (ARM), marking a wholesale move across to the processor technology used in Apple’s mobile devices. Now, an alleged product roadmap from tech analyst Komiya (@komiya_kj) suggests that a complete lineup of ARM-equipped computers will arrive by 2022.

In his Tweet, Komiya claimed that the transition to Apple Silicon will begin this year, starting with the launch of the ARM-equipped 12-inch Macbook and 13-inch Macbook Pro.

2021, Komiya believes, will see a partial ARM refresh of the iMac and 16-inch MacBook Pro, where both Intel and ARM versions of the computers will be sold side by side. By 2022 however, he suggests that the Intel models’ product cycle will end completely and that the ARM-equipped iMac Pro and Mac Pro will complete Apple’s computer line-up. So, if you’re thinking of holding back on that studio computer upgrade, you might want to think again.

On the Mac Mini, which was left out of the suggested product roadmap, Komiya wrote in a separate Tweet that it should arrive in either 2021 or 2022.

While Apple has said that its transition to Apple Silicon will take place over two years, some have noted that similar language was used by the brand ahead of its Intel switchover in 2005 – which ended up taking only a year to complete.

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