Should you buy an Intel-based Mac? Well, if it’s MacBook, yes. If it’s iMac, just do your best to wait a bit. Now, how come two different answers? First of all, from the CPU perspective, there is absolutely no reason why not pick up any new Macbook or iMac, in the matter of fact. In terms of support, these computers will be supported for a long time, before declared obsolete. These machines are more than capable and powerful to deal with the next couple of editions of Mac OS.
There are actually even a few advantages – how many apps are specifically made for Intel-based Macs. Transition to an Apple silicon means that some apps, especially those for professionals, would rely on software that translates in order to allow applications to work on a different platform, that wasn’t originally intended for. Like rosetta for example.
This is a translating app. Now, the problem here can be, that it’s not uncommon that applications in this case, when translated are not able to reach 100% functionality. These apps also can become a little buggy, and so on. The good thing is, normally Apple will support all devices, even after the transition is made. And will continue to support it, probably next five to seven years, before they scrapped Rosetta 2.
So, you can rest assure it will function perfectly and there is no reason to second-guess, MacBook with Intel or not. Just go for it! If you’re demanding a Pro that sets eyes on the most powerful and most expensive 16 inches MacBook Pro, you can feel comfortable and without a doubt, that this machine will be able to handle everything you drop at it, probably minimum next 5 years.
Many people, especially pros, have a habit to replace their laptop once every year or two years, three years, and so on – so once again, there is no reason why not to buy an Intel-based MacBook. Now, you probably wonder why I said just MacBook, but not iMac. First of all, there is very little difference between iMacs from 2019, 2018, and a couple of years before, not to mention you cannot even find an iMac with 10th generations off Intel processors. Comparable to iMacs, MacBook designs somehow already got modernized, a little bit. Although, there is no doubt it will be improved even further.
Probably from 2021. There are only three groups of people who would be better waiting for the next generations of Apple’s Macs. The first group is customers that tend to keep their computers for a long time.
Because the last thing those people want is to reach the point where they will not be able to use the latest platform features and updates. Second, are those that are already in the Apple ecosystem and that would like to enjoy an iOS and iPad OS application on their laptop. Probably because it will be better synchronized in real-time, more optimized – because at the end of the day iPhones, iPods and MacBooks, iMacs as well will use the same CPU architecture.
The last, final group of consumers that should wait and not make the purchase of Intel-based Macs, are, believe it or not, potential gamers. Now, before you go crazy, hear me out. There are rumors about an Apple-branded gaming machine – this, probably next year. It might be better if you wait. Then, we have rumors about Apple’s AR glasses and VR headset.
Even in case that’s not true, Apple silicon is more than capable enough. Now, if you are a gamer and if you want to buy an Apple Computer, you are probably a minority. But if you are, I suggest that you wait for just a little… Wait till the end of the year. You see, back in June WWDC, it was announced that the first iMacs with Apple’s A chips will come till the end of the year.