When Apple released the first Macs powered by Apple silicon
chips in November 2020, it officially kicked off a two-year
transition away from Intel processors. Just about 12 months later,
you have to look pretty hard to find an Intel model.
With five models and several configuration splits, switching the
entire Mac line in just 24 months seemed overly ambitious,
especially after Apple seemed to be taking its time. Before last
week, Intel models outnumbered M1 Macs by about 2-to-1, and the
math didn't seem to be adding up. But that has quickly changed.
With the launch of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple no
longer sells any laptops with Intel processors. And on Saturday, it
unceremoniously retired the 21-inch Intel iMac,
leaving just a handful of models left that don't run Apple
27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display
- 3.5GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor
Apart from refurbished models and left-over third-party
stock, those are your only Intel Mac options. And you'd be crazy to
buy one of the remaining ones.
The Mac mini has a three-year-old
processor and starts at US$1,099 and will likely be replaced early
next year by an M1 Pro/M1 Max model. The same goes for the 27-inch
iMac, which will probably gain a bigger screen as well with a
So it's entirely possible that Apple will have turned its entire
lineup of Macs over to its own chips in less than 18 months with
the exception of the Mac Pro, which is something of a different
animal. The high-priced modular Mac tower could have a completely
different chip than the ones in Apple's consumer-oriented products,
possibly with a discreet GPU and PCIe slots.
In fact, there are
rumours that Apple will actually update the Mac Pro with a newer Intel processor
and continue to sell a non-Apple silicon version for several more
years due to the specific demands of purchasers of the $6,000
tower, so it might not be entirely fair to include it in the
But for the Macs that normal people can afford, it won't be long
before all traces of Intel are wiped from existence.