With its latest beta, Dropbox is finally bringing support for Apple's M1 processor. What was one of the more oft-requested features turned out to be a bit of a double-edged sword for the service. That's because, before the end of 2021, it sure sounded like Dropbox had no intention of actually supporting Apple silicon at all.
Apple has a lofty goal of transitioning its entire computer lineup to an Apple-made processor in the future. It is a timeline that has officially kicked off with several different machines, including the MacBook Air, the all-new MacBook Pro, and the redesigned 24-inch iMac, among others. But apparently Apple's not quite done with Intel just yet.
In 2021, Apple launched a brand new, redesigned iMac with a 24-inch display. The company added the M1 processor under the hood, along with a few other key changes, to help spice up its desktop lineup. To help with that, the new computer also comes in a wide range of colors. But now a new rumor aims to shed some light on Apple's pro aspirations for the desktop lineup.
Apple put chipmakers on notice with the M-series processor, and provided a booster shot once again with the M-series Pro and Max chips. But, while the horsepower and capabilities of a computer are all great, some folks out there who would love to use an Apple silicon-based Mac simply can't because Windows can't be run on them. Yet.
Apple changed the game again with its M-series processor. It set a new benchmark for computer chips, and things are only looking brighter as we move forward. Apple just announced the M1 Pro and M1 Max, for instance, and they set even higher performance and benchmark scores than the standard M1. So, how's the competition going to respond?
The holiday shopping season is already kicking off for some folks, and some companies. Apple, for instance, has officially launched its holiday efforts for 2021, which includes a nice new addition to the offerings for customers who are looking to buy some new Apple-branded gear this holiday season.
Apple is still in the process of transitioning away from Intel-made processors. It made another huge leap in the right direction with the launch of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. And while that process continues, third-party companies that build apps for Macs need to figure out whether or not they support that effort on their own. Dropbox, apparently, has made a decision.
Sometimes, Apple has some off years. It happens to every company, of course, but when it's Apple it typically resonates a bit more. There are some posts out there on social media that almost make it seem like Apple's doing it on purpose, like a personal attack on them. That's probably not the case. But there are definitely off years, a stretch when Apple tries to change something up, it doesn't work, but the company barrels down and tries to make it work anyway.
In October of 2021, Apple welcomed one of the biggest redesigns for the MacBook Pro lineup to date. Specifically, while the company did welcome back plenty of ports (much to the happiness of professionals out there), they also brought in mini-LED displays and a notch for the brand new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. But the company isn't quite done shaking things up, with the middle of 2022 reportedly tuned up to present radical changes to the MacBook Air lineup.
Today, Apple got around to unleashing what it has been working on for quite some time. And what the rumor mill has been trying its very hardest to reveal for almost as long. The company has taken the wrapping off the newest MacBook Pro models in its lineup, revealing what pro users can expect to get their hands on in short order to get things done.
One of the things Apple executives have been pretty consistent about, even as macOS and iOS blur some lines with each new iteration, is the idea that the company is not trying to merge the two platforms. Meaning, a Mac is going to remain a Mac, and the iPad will continue to be whatever iPadOS defines it as. Of course, that could very well change down the road, but, for now, it appears Apple doesn't have any plans to change that.
As expected, one fall event was not enough for Apple, it turns out. There have been rumors swirling around for quite some time that Apple planned on hosting another sometime in October, and it turns out they were true. And sure enough, the event invites have gone out.