An Apple gaming computer could be in the works and slated to launch in 2020. The gaming Mac will reportedly target the e-sports market, so it won’t just be for the average gamer.
Rumor about an Apple gaming computer
Citing a rumor from Taiwan, Patently Apple reports that Apple plans to launch a gaming computer priced at up to $5,000 to target the e-sports market. It will be the first time the company targets any part of the gaming industry with hardware, as it generally focuses on business users with its Macs.
There aren’t many details about the rumored Apple gaming computer yet, but Patently Apple’s sources in the company’s supply chain said it could be a large-screen all-in-one PC or a large-screen gaming laptop. The tech giant is reportedly planning to reveal it at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
If the part about the $5,000 price tag is accurate, it seems rather low for an Apple product. The company already offers Mac models that are thousands of dollars. Gaming computers are more expensive than office computers in general, but Apple’s computers are known for being especially pricey. One would expect a gaming Mac from the company to come with a price tag well over $5,000.
Natural addition to Apple Arcade?
The Apple gaming computer won’t be the company’s first foray into gaming, although it will be its first gaming-focused piece of hardware. Apple Arcade, the company’s game subscription service, launched in September as part of iOS 13. The gaming service offered over 100 exclusive games and subscription games on tvOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Now it’s available in macOS Catalina as well, so Apple Arcade can be accessed through all of the company’s hardware lines.
New games are released in Apple Arcade every month, and the titles are playable offline. The titles can be played using touch on the iPhone or iPad or Siri Remote on other devices. Some of the games also work with other types of controllers, like Sony’s DualShock line or MFi game controllers.
It is important to point out that the games offered through Apple Arcade are very simple titles. On the other hand, the rumored gaming PC would support high-end titles like those played competitively in the e-sports market. If the rumor is correct, then it could breathe new life into the Mac line-up.