Everyone has been long waiting for the new ARM processors that Apple is set to unveil at the WWDC 2020 keynote after the company had planned to transition from the usual Intel processors that have been used in the MacBook earlier.
Many would be expecting a lot from the new MacBook, which has led to certain predictions. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo has released a very defined set of predictions for the new MacBook for the first set of Macs that would have Apple-designed processors.
Kuo very clearly mentions in his issue that the new Intel-based Macs will be branded as iMacs and will be coming with a 24-inch display and thinner bezels. It shows that Apple won’t be eliminating the use of Intel-based Macs, and only a smooth transition can be expected from the older ones to the new branded iMacs.
The new iMacs will be released into the market much sooner than the ARM processor-based Macs will be. As per the predictions, the third quarter of the year 2020 is when the iMacs can be expected to be available for consumers to purchase. The ARM processor-based Macs will not be out for purchase before the first quarter of next year.
The basic differences that will be seen in the ARM version Macs would be in the design. Otherwise, it would likely be a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the form factor being similar to the current model of MacBook pro. Consumers can also expect that the Intel version that is currently available will not be in production anymore once the ARM version is available in the market. The response of the users towards the new product will also matter here.
There is no word on what the iMac status would be once ARM versions take over the market. Although, proper production of the ARM MacBook will be set in the mid of next year as the launch is expected in the first few months of the next year, as believed by Kuo.
In the next 12 to 18 months from now, it is expected that Apple would completely transition to the ARM versions. They are also expected to outperform the Intel ones by almost 50 to 100 percent. As the design of the new MacBook isn’t clear yet, the performance factor might change because it would be on the company to prioritize certain features of the design.
Apple has earlier gone through similar transitions, back in WWDC 2005, the company went from using PowerPC processors to Intel processors. Soon, within a year, the Intel processor-based MacBook was released for customers.
Hence, consumers can expect that the hardware for the ARM versions will be shown off by the WWDC 2020 keynote. Developers would surely be working to adapt various software with the processors after that.
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