Should you buy a 2020 MacBook Pro, or should you wait for a bit more? Many Apple fans face this question.
Apple will ditch Intel and move to its chip architecture over the following two years.
That won’t initially be the case for all Mac devices, but at some point, the Intel-powered Macs we are acquainted with nowadays will be history.
The problem is, Apple has recently updated its Macbook Pro and MacBook Air lineup with Intel’s latest silicon tech and added other upgrades like an updated keyboard. That makes the new Macbook an exciting choice, especially when it’s on sale.
Should You Buy It?
If you desperately need a MacBook, you can go ahead and buy one, and you’ll probably be good to go for a few years.
However, if you are patient enough to buy an Apple-powered MacBook, you will initially end up with an emulation mode (slower) for software that used to run natively, and faster, on Intel.
There’s another advantage to Intel-based Macs – They can still run Boot camp to run Windows applications and games.
Also, the transition to the new processor might take a while. Fifteen years ago, when Apple announced its change to Intel, they needed four years to release OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the first OS that did not support the old PowerPC processors anymore.
We don’t yet know how long will the transition take this time.
There are a few reasons why you should consider being patient for Apple-silicon based MacBooks. They have better battery life, perhaps exponentially better, and the processor is comparable to the new 2020 Core i5 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Also, overall performance-per-watt charts tend to be in favor of Apple’s silicon chip.