Should you avoid buying Intel Macs Now?

by birtanpublished on December 4, 2020

I was pretty surprised at quadruple UDC this year because I knew there was a chance Apple would be announcing the transition from Intel to their own custom processors but I was not anticipating it to be almost carbon cut copied from the PowerPC to Intel transition straight up with the Mac Mini dev kid Tim Cook announcing a historic change to the Mac and the fact that they want to get all the Macs in the lineup over to Apple made silicon within two years that's insanity and it puts us in a very weird place today so without further ado should you buy any Mac with an Intel processor let's begin so I've

Talked about this before but I was kind of in the market for a Mac this year I was thinking about getting the updated 16 inch MacBook Pro whenever they refreshed that I've had my iMac Pro for about three years now and it's still running fine but I just wanted to get an additional machine that was a bit more up to date with more recent specs as it feels like the iMac Pro is not getting anything and there's been a lot of cool hardware that's come out in more recent Apple history that I was excited to try out and just use for my own workflow so that I can put it somewhere else or once

I found out about the updated iMac design that could be unveiled at the event obviously it wasn't but lots of leakers are still saying that that iMac is coming just not yet for a while I was really excited to see an updated iMac design just for the sake of aesthetics and it looking like an iPad pro I was kind of putting my targets on that if it came out and the price was good I probably would have got that thing but I was not anticipating that in today's climate with Apple as big as they are in with lineups ranging from you know $900 MacBook Air as well as $50,000 Mac Pro I

Just didn't see it possible that Apple could do the same transition they did a few years back given the most expensive Macs Apple made back when they did the PowerPC to Intel switch were the equivalent of like less than five thousand dollars today so selling $50,000 machines and then like six months into the Mac Pros release cycle to announce oh yeah we're gonna be switching away from Intel over the next two years buy e makes you wonder what's the future of all today's Intel Mac's right I mean Tim Cook talked about at the developer conference the fact that

They still plan on providing software updates for the Intel machines you know they're not just cutting them all off and he even said they have some more Intel in the pipeline that are supposed to come out by the end of this year and I think that will be the redesigned iMac which now that I find out that my dream iMac that could be coming true and everyone loves the design of will also be rocking an Intel processor of the first generation I feel my heart crack because I'm all on board the Apple silicon train alright I don't use

Bootcamp I don't use Windows most of the apps I use on my Mac are first party and from the Mac App Store anyway so I don't care about compatibility I am all on board switching to Apple machines because the first benchmarks we've seen from the Mac Mini dev kit that people have been testing have shown case really promising results and that's taking an a 12 z chip and putting it in like the most basic Mac ever 812 Z chip is practically two years old because it's very very similar to the a 12 X which came out in 2018 and I'm sure when the first Apple silicon

Macs actually start shipping which should be later this year to him actually confirmed that it's no longer speculation it's happening that's going to be its own branded class of Apple silicon which is going too far outperform the a 12 Z chip which is already pretty impressive and now imagining the family of processors Apple's going to make for the Mac books and the higher-end Mac books and the IMAX and eventually I'm pretty sure this is how it works they will have to release Apple silicon within the Mac Pro in less than two years

I mean Apple also said the transition from PowerPC to Intel would take around two years but they had basically converted the whole lineup in about one year so they move quick on this stuff and I imagine in 2021 we could see the majority of the Mac lineup be switching over to Apple silicon for good and honestly I think Apple might get a little bit of the Osborne effect from that which means that your current announcement prevents people from buying today's machines because they're so excited for the next generation machines like current rumors coming from inky Kuo

Are suggesting that the first arm MacBook is going to be a 13-inch MacBook Pro right which is like we don't have enough of those already we already got the one with four Thunderbolt 3 ports with the 10th generation Intel processors but we still got the old MacBook Pros with the 8th generation Intel processors in two Thunderbolt 3 ports which one does the arm MacBook replace does it go alongside all of them does it have an updated design we don't know these things and because we don't know these things it's very hard to recommend anyone to buy those things

I mean sure the processors on them are decent and if it suits your needs I guess go ahead and buy it but at the same time it's like man if you can wait really do try to wait because if it's true that Apple's going to be transitioning every match in the lineup over two vastly superior way faster processors built in-house and also not to mention Mac OS Big Sur is way more backwards compatible than we were expecting I was not anticipating Apple to be the type of company to emulate x86 apps on their ARM architecture and yet they are they're like oh yeah any app

That ran on the old Macs will also run on these so I thought there would be some kind of software issue with Apple switching over to Apple silicon and emulating things and that wasn't really Apple style but nope they're okay with doing it and the early test results showcased that Apple is able to emulate stuff pretty well and they're letting developers know to optimize their apps and that transition I think is going to go real smoothly so in other words if you're planning on buying a Mac and you want to have it for the long haul you want to hang on to it for three five

Seven years it will definitely be a better idea to wait as long as you can right now because it sounds like Intel processors we're using today are going to be overheating and not great performance and Apple silicon could move towards more fanless Mac's which means more quiet operation while still gaining like incredible performance and it's possible we're gonna see new MacBooks of all sizes and potentially new iMacs within the year running Apple silicon that could be running much quieter or maybe no fans at all like the MacBook Air probably won't need fans if it's

Running Apple silicon maybe the 13-inch MacBook Pro won't need any and that could result in a much sleeker very good battery life on a Mac and this whole announcement of the transition away from Intel has made me hesitant to buy any Mac with an Intel processor because I feel like it's gonna be dated and probably kind of obsolete within the next year or two but I'm sure you're still going to be getting operating system upgrades yes Apple will continue to send software support to the Intel max for years to come because there is just no way Apple

Would sell the Mac Pro for $50,000 and then after like a couple of years of it being out saying like yeah you better switch to Apple silicon you can't use it anymore and I highly doubt Apple will let you add Apple silicon to the Mac Pro via aftermarket accessory I don't think it's simple so personally I still think it's safe to assume that Apple is going to continue to provide software updates to older Mac's for many years to come but the generation of those Mac's is going to be older and older and older because again within the next year or two we're

Not gonna have any more intel macs in the entire lineup so this does mean probably the slow and inevitable death of hackintosh is because you'll only be able to get versions of Mac OS that work on older generations of hardware so upgrading your old hardware is gonna get harder and harder and obviously in the long run eventually Apple will just have complete control and say all versions of Mac OS will now require Apple silicon but I would still say that's a good four to five years from now but given we should be getting a lot of hardware whatever the next Apple event is coming

Next I would at least encourage you to wait for that because in my opinion this updated 13-inch MacBook Pro we don't know what it's gonna cost we don't know what the performance is gonna be on it but I'm guessing some type of you know a 14 X type performance and it's gonna crush the competition and it'll still run silently and maybe have some new design language people appreciating that kind of thing so at least wait for the next Apple event to see what these processors have in store and how much substantially better they are than Intel and until then yes it tight I'm very

Much sorry for those of you who are in the market for a Mac and Apple basically just made their entire lineup seem unappealing and I'm in that same department too so if an Intel redesigned iMac comes out I'm gonna be like huh you're beautiful but I gotta wait for the Apple silicon version because I'm gonna hold on to that thing for a long time so I want to make sure that it has you know best performance available let me know what you guys are thinking about hitting me up over on Twitter join my disk or do you think it's a bad idea to buy any Mac with an Intel CPU right now

Or are they still gonna get several more years of support so you know just go ahead and pull the trigger feel free to let me know this is your opportunity I'll see you guys in the next one

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