Sketchy Rumor Claims Apple Plans to Announce High-End Gaming MacBook or iMac at WWDC 2020

Apple plans to announce a high-end gaming computer at its annual WWDC developers conference in 2020, according to a questionable and as-of-yet unsubstantiated report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News.


Details are slim, but the report claims that the computer may be a large-screen laptop or all-in-one desktop with a price tag of up to $5,000, suggesting that it could be either a MacBook Pro or an iMac Pro. The computer would supposedly be tailored towards esports, aka competitive video gaming.

While this would surely be great news for gamers, this report has yet to be backed by other sources, and the Economic Daily News has a mixed track record as it relates to Apple rumors. Just a few months ago, for example, the publication incorrectly claimed AirPods Pro would come in as many as eight colors.

Over the years, many gamers have been hopeful that Apple would eventually come around to full-fledged gaming on the Mac.

"I grew up playing games Doom, Quake, and Starcraft on Mac computers most of my life," esports journalist Rod Breslau told MacRumors. "Throughout that time as a loyal Apple user since a young age, I always hoped they would give even a the fraction of the attention to gaming that my friends got while they played on their PCs. That day never came, and I switched to a PC in my early teens and never looked back. It's almost 20 years later and Apple has still never cared about the gaming community. They're going to need more than Apple Arcade to make that happen."

"So to read that Apple might be developing a gaming-centric Mac on the heels of the popularity of esports is startling and welcome news, if not a bit bewildering," added Breslau. "I'd love for Apple to make a concerted effort for gaming on a Mac including all of the popular online competitive multiplayer games in esports that are all played on PC. But the skeptical side of me knows it's going to take a lot more than just Apple building a gaming computer to bring people over. They need the developers and publishers to be thinking of porting to Mac as a priority when they create their games, and winning over the industry will be as or more difficult as winning over consumers."

WWDC 2020 should take place in June like usual, so we're just over six months out.

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4 weeks ago
Yea and Pigs Fly.
Rating: 45 Votes
4 weeks ago
Apple has been inching closer and closer toward the gaming community. What I would like to see is a modular Mac that is not "pro." I'd buy that.
Rating: 30 Votes
4 weeks ago
why? no one makes games for Mac... I'm still waiting for Witcher 3...
Rating: 18 Votes
4 weeks ago
For what? To install Windows in bootcamp? What's the point?
Rating: 14 Votes
4 weeks ago
Perhaps they can start by putting games that actually appeal to gamers on the Apple Arcade first.
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago
Will it come with garish multi-color flashy lights on the Ram Dimms, CPU cooler and keyboard?
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago
Come on....

I mean, I guess you have to report it, but no way this happens.

Also, can we please stop calling these "esports?"

These are not "sports." "esports" "players" are not athletes.

Here's the definition of "sports" from macOS: "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment: team sports such as baseball and soccer | (as modifier sports) : a sports center. (emphasis added)."
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago
I have a gaming PC that I built for around $1k that runs every game I've thrown at it really well (including VR) and I just use my Mac for everything else. I don't think I'd be willing to spend as much as Apple would charge for the same performance.
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago
Macs can already do games. My 2019 MacBook Pro runs Wolfenstein 3D with only minor frame choppiness.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
I mean you'd need to build the platform first for devs to program for it.

The problem is there are a number of capable AMD cards in macOS systems right now (granted most of them are in very expensive systems) and things like Fortnite run much better on the same cards under Windows 10 and DirectX than they do under macOS and Metal. Not sure if that's an issue with Metal or because devs are not optimising for it properly.

You'd need things like Unreal Engine and Unity to be totally optimised as well, if not better than it is for Direct X to get any decent performance out of a Mac or pay 2x the price for more powerful hardware to get performance on par with something half as much on the PC side.
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