As Apple’s “One More Thing” event gets set up for tomorrow, fans can expect to finally get a glimpse at the very first Apple computers powered by their custom Arm-based silicon chips. Apple says that these new chips will deliver supreme performance without consuming as much power.
This switch means that Apple computer devices will now support any apps only available to iOS thanks to the fact that the tablet chips share the same 64-bit architecture.
This Tuesday launch comes as no surprise, as the company said back in June during WWDC that they would be shipping out the very first Mac computer with Apple CPU by the end of 2020. However, we can expect this to be a very significant point in history for the company considering the fact that they decided to use Steve Jobs’ iconic phrase to name the event.
Of course, there is always the glimmer of hope that Apple will discuss other new products as well. The event back in September, for example, focused on the iPad and the Apple Watch, while the event back in October focused on the new HomePod mini and the new iPhone.
The “One More Thing” event is set to kick off at 1pm on Tuesday. Here are a few things to expect from the event:
Apple Silicon Macs
The company is planning on introducing more than one Mac computer with Silicon, even though they have only promised to ship one off by the end of this year. Sources say that they will show at least two 13″ Mac laptops during Tuesday’s show.
Apple is likely to talk about Rosetta 2 as well, which will automatically be able to translate existing Intel apps. They will also discuss ways in which developers can run their existing iPadOS and iOS apps on these silicon-based mac computers.
Big Sur Release Date
Apple fans are hoping for a release date for macOS Big Sur, which will be the next major update for macOS. This update will feature a translucent menu bar and new iOS-style icons. The release will also include a dedicated control center for brightness, volume, and Wi-Fi control.
Safari will get an update with Big Sur too, including tab previews, a customizable start screen, a privacy report feature, and much more. In Maps, users will get access to EV routing and cycling directions.
Though the Tuesday event will likely focus on mac products primarily, we can expect to catch a glimpse of some non-Mac products as well, including new over-ear headphones with swappable headbands and earpads.
We’ve heard about the Tile-like trackers for a bit as well, which rumors tell us will be called AirTags. These small, circular discs will allow users to track smaller items, such as wallets or purses, via the Find My App.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a new Apple TV as well. The TV will have an upgraded remote control and a much faster processor. However, it doesn’t seem as likely that we will see the new TV in action this Tuesday.