KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on new Macs using its in-house silicon
  • These include a smaller Mac Pro, a report says
  • The release date of this reported device remains unknown

Apple is working on a more compact Mac Pro for release in the future, a report reveals.

Cupertino tech giant Apple is currently working on a slew of new Macs, including a smaller Mac Pro model, unnamed sources “familiar with the matter” told Bloomberg.

The upcoming compact Mac Pro has a design similar to that of the current Mac Pro – which has become known as the “cheese grater” because of its looks.

The company is said to be able to reduce the size of the new device thanks in part to the new Apple silicon, which offers better power efficiency compared to the chips the company used in older devices.

It’s worth noting, however, that the current Mac Pro’s size allows users to add more components, such as graphics chips and storage drives.

It is currently unclear if the smaller Mac Pro will replace the current model. It could simply be an additional model, designed for those who want the power of a Mac Pro but with a smaller footprint. A release date is currently unknown as well.

1024px-Mac_Pro_2019_on_wheels Apple's Mac Pro Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mac_Pro_2019_on_wheels.jpg

New Macs coming up

While the new compact Mac Pro is still in development, Apple is already preparing to unveil new devices that are “further ahead in production,” Bloomberg reported. These devices will be revealed via a new event in November, dubbed “One more thing.”

Apple is expected to reveal at least two Mac devices during the event, which is scheduled to occur Nov. 10. Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that these devices – a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 13-inch MacBook Air – will be the first Mac notebooks to feature the company’s own silicon.

The two devices will be followed by a 16-inch MacBook Pro, also running on an in-house processor, after an undisclosed period of time, the report said.

The two 13-inch models are currently being assembled by Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry. The 16-inch model, on the other hand, is currently being assembled by Quanta Computer.

These three devices might be the ones indicated in the macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta, which Apple recently released to developers. If earlier reports are accurate, these devices might feature the new A14X chip, which is based on the A14 Bionic chip powering the iPhone 12 series and the new iPad Air.