In a matter of days, Apple will have one of its biggest events in the past couple of years. It will be a busy one, jam-packed with several all-new and refresh products. The highlight will, of course, be the iPhone 12. However, alongside it are other exciting new products such as the Apple AirTags and the Apple AirPods Studio.
Taking the other big spotlight is the MacBook Pro 2020. This will be Apple’s follow up to the big WWDC 2020 announcement of the company’s shift to Apple Silicon. As such, while the majority of the consumers fall in love with the iPhone 12, the serious tech world will have its eyes on the ARM-based laptop.
When it announced the Apple Silicon, Apple promised only a smooth transition from Intel chips to Apple Silicon. But, making this happen is easier said than done. Tim Cook guaranteed that app developers would not have problems designing a new version of their apps on Apple Silicon.
As soon as WWDC 2020 ended, Apple opened up a program for developers to immediately carry out the transition. No big developments have been disclosed as of yet. Nevertheless, Rosetta 2 will be there to support Intel-designed programs to run on the MacBook Pro 2020.
Again, it remains to be seen if the emulator will be able to handle heavy programs straight from the box. This high expectation is the bar that the new MacBook will have to meet. The price tag on this laptop will not be affordable. As such, buyers will want their device to work without having to do any tweaking just to run daily apps.
Last year, Microsoft launched its ARM-based laptop with the Surface Pro X. The design and finish of the laptop were impeccable. However, the problem was within the device. Straight from the box, the Surface Pro X had problems running daily driver applications such as Photoshop and other video editing apps.
This area is where Apple could learn a thing or two from Microsoft. Clearly, the issue will be with the backward support of Apple Silicon of Intel-based designed apps. If Apple gets to crack this code from the getgo, it will be able to sell more as soon as the laptops hit the shelves.
Those who can defer buying can play the long waiting game and let Apple sort the transition first. The release will definitely have problems that will come with it. It is just a matter of pain-tolerance for the buyer if it is a worthwhile experience to go through.
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