Rumor mill: While it would not be a whole shock, Apple’s first ARM-based Macs would reportedly preserve the identical industrial design of present Intel-based fashions. The first machine to obtain Apple’s all-new laptop SoC could be the 13-inch MacEbook Pro, adopted by the MacEbook Air probably this yr. The remainder of the Mac lineup must wait till 2021 and 2022.
Apple has made it official that it’s going to transition its complete Mac lineup from Intel processors to its personal customized silicon primarily based on the ARM64 structure. The firm hinted that the brand new CPUs will debut in a Mac later this yr, which naturally invitations to hypothesis as to what which may be.
According to analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, that gadget will almost certainly be a 13-inch MacEbook Pro with a really comparable design, if not similar, to the 2020 mannequin. That means it will characteristic the Magic Keyboard with scissor switches, however will not have the slimmer bezels of the 16-inch MacEbook Pro.
Kuo believes Apple can even launch a brand new ARM-powered MacEbook Air later this yr, with the potential for that launch being pushed to early 2021.
A 16-inch MacEbook Pro and the long-rumored 14-inch MacEbook Pro with Apple silicon would not arrive till the second or third quarter of 2021. These newer fashions may additionally include mini-LED shows.
Notably absent from Kuo’s report are iMacs, however for the reason that Cupertino firm is planning to finish the CPU structure transition in two years, they need to additionally land someday in 2021 or 2022 on the newest.
The new chips may give Apple the flexibility to launch new Macs on the identical cadence as new iPhones, in addition to cut back their price and doubtlessly promote them at a lower cost (potential, however unlikely). The firm shipped round 15 million Macs in 2019, and Kuo believes the brand new ARM-based fashions will enhance that to wherever between 18 to 20 million in 2021.