14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models Expected to Boost Apple Silicon's Market Share in Second Half of 2021

Apple is expected to release new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple silicon in the second half of 2021, boosting Apple's market share of notebook CPUs to about 7%, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.

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In July 2020, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple silicon and an all-new design will launch in the late second quarter or third quarter of this year. Kuo later added that these MacBook Pro models will feature Mini-LED displays for increased brightness, improved contrast, richer colors, and more.

Apple previously indicated that its transition away from Intel processors in Macs will take about two years to be completed, with other rumored Apple silicon Macs including a redesigned 24-inch iMac and a smaller Mac Pro-like desktop computer. Last month, Nikkei Asia reported that a new iMac Pro is also in the works for 2021.

TrendForce said that Intel faces increasing competitive pressure from both Apple and AMD in the CPU market and will need to deliver an "appropriate product strategy" in response. Last month, New York-based hedge fund Third Point urged Intel to take "immediate" action to restructure and curb the loss of talented chip designers.

Apple's first M1 chip has proven to be very impressive, with the base model MacBook Air outperforming the highest-end Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro in benchmarks. Apple says the chip delivers industry-leading performance per watt.

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citysnaps Avatar
45 months ago

Would I love a 16” MBP running Apple silicon? Of course. But if they can’t run Linux using Virtualbox or at least Docker, who is going to buy these? It doesn’t matter if it’s 10x faster if you can’t actually use it to do work.
Many millions of Apple customers who don't have any idea of what Linux, Virtualbox, or Docker are, or don't need them. I wouldn't be shocked if that were at least 90% of Apple's customer base.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
45 months ago
16-inch MBP M1 will be the Mac of the century
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SamRyouji Avatar
45 months ago
14.1" MBP with the footprint of current 13" MBP? I say BRING IT ON, APPLE!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
johnalan Avatar
45 months ago
I originally bought the current M1 as a stop gap. I wanted to try and play with the M1, and get used to ARM64 for my dev work.

I had thought I'd jump on the 16 the second it came out, but I've mellowed with that view since. The 13 inch M1 is such a nice machine, I'm just gonna use it for a few years and then trade up.


By the way just so folks know, everything works great. Intel apps (though very few I use, only GPGTools is Intel on my machine atm) work great, and most apps have ARM builds now, even on homebrew.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Schnegg Avatar
45 months ago
This is a *shut up and take my money* kind of situation.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
45 months ago

Many millions of Apple customers who don't have any idea of what Linux, Virtualbox, or Docker are, or don't need them. I wouldn't be shocked if that were at least 90% of Apple's customer base.
This, but then 90% of Apples customer base really don't care about ARM, M1 or whatever, they just want a device that allows them to do whatever they need to do and for the majority, that is what they have now.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)