Apple it is in the middle of transition of its range of Macs to Apple Silicon, but it looks like he’s working on another one Intel-based Mac. As first noted by Brendan Shanks on Twitter, the first beta of Xcode 13 includes a new reference to processor support Intel Ice Lake Xeon, apparently destined for a future new Mac Pro.
As 9To5Mac reports, Bloomberg earlier this year reported that Apple had “discussed” the use of Intel processors in a future Mac Pro update. This is because the Cupertino company is also developing a high-end Apple Silicon chip, intended for the Mac Pro, to replace Intel processors. In a January report, Mark Gurman wrote:
“Apple is also reportedly working on a couple of new Mac Pro desktop computers, its more expensive Macs that don’t come with an included screen. One version is a direct upgrade of the current Mac Pro and will continue to use the same design as the version launched in 2019. Apple is considering continuing to use Intel processors for that model rather than switching to its own chips. “
In a Twitter post yesterday Gurman doubled down on his claim, stating that Apple is actually working on its Intel-equipped Mac Pro update.
The reference found in Xcode 13 beta 1 is Ice Lake SP, which is Intel’s latest Xeon scalable processor. Apple currently uses Intel Xeon W processors in the Mac Pro, so this could represent a noticeable performance boost.
With this clear evidence, it seems very likely that Apple is preparing a latest Intel update for Mac Pro, which is its most expensive and versatile Mac. In fact, Apple had stated in June 2020 that the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon would take about two years to complete. And the first M1-based Macs were released at november 2020. There is no rush therefore for the Cupertino company, which evidently wants to take another generation of time to work on its extremely powerful proprietary processor for the next Mac Pro.