As it has been recently revealed that Apple would be switching from Intel to ARM processors for its MacBook, the first laptop with the same features is already in the making. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it could be the MacBook pro in 13.3-inch size, which the brand could launch first in the market with the ARM processor and that too by the end of this year.
Quarter four of this year is when Kuo has expected the production for MacBook Pro 13.3 inch will be starting, only for it to be rolled out for sale. Buyers can expect more sizes to be available later on, along with the MacBook Air with the ARM processor to be launched soon after.
Although, as expected by Kuo, this year, we would only be able to see the alleged MacBook pro in 13.3 inches and not any other versions or models of the same. Before the second or third quarter of next year, more models won’t be seen on sale.
Even though Apple is supposed to be introducing the redesigned Macs during WWDC, which is only hours away from now, Kuo has already released a detailed investor note on the changes users can expect along with many new features. He has come through another one of his investor notes where he claims that the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro model will have the honors, despite its being said earlier that it is unlikely to see any hardware reveal at WWDC.
The design of the new MacBook won’t be drastically different from the ones we have already seen. Although, soon after, the Intel models would be discontinued by the company. It is also expected that a new ARM-based iMac with a 24-inch display, slimmer bezels, and a completely new form factor is also in the makings as a part of the new series of laptops to be launched next year.
While Apple is experimenting with a new form factor, it is also notable that it won’t be directly available in the ARM versions. The first ones to be obtainable for purchase would be Intel-based versions, and then, later on, ARM versions would be at your disposal in the first few months of next year.
More was revealed about the new Mac range by Kuo, that a mini-LED display will be a key feature for the laptops to be available in the first half of next year. A lot has been planned, considering Apple has been working on ARM chipsets for a while now. It is anticipated that the company’s processor costs would go down by 40 to 60 percent when all the Macs have been transformed into ARM versions in the next 12 to 18 months.
Performance improvements can also be projected in the new laptops as the ARM versions would be better by 50 to 100 percent than the earlier Intel processors. Lower price is another factor that would be seen in the new Macs, and by 2021 it is probable for Apple to ship close to 18 to 20 million Macs.
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