Windows 02 Jul
Apple at its WWDC 2020 event announced that it is making a transition to its own silicon chips for future Macs. It also made its plans clear that the company will launch the first Mac powered by its ARM-based by the end of this year and the complete transition will take 2 years. Now, it appears the details on that first Mac and even the Mac products coming next year have surfaced, courtesy of the very popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to a research note from the analyst obtained by MacRumors, a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro powered by Apple’s silicon is going to be the first outcome of Apple's transition. This is the same prediction made by Kuo in June after the WWDC event as well, though now his research note brings more to the table.
According to Kuo, the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro model with ARM-based chip may go into mass production in the fourth quarter of this year. Kuo also predicts that we will see a MacBook Air powered by the same processor in the same quarter or the first quarter of next year as well. According to Kuo, the form factor of the upcoming 13.3-inch MacBook Pro could be similar to the current one.
Kuo also believes that Apple will launch 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the new Apple Silicon in the second or third quarter of 2021. Also, these models will feature mini-LED screens, something Kuo previously predicted as well. The screen type is expected to offer better contrast than the MacBook lineup’s existing LCD displays. Also, the 14-inch model is expected to have a similar size overall to Apple’s existing 13-inch MacBook Pro, but with smaller bezels to allow for its bigger screen.
MacRumors notes that the report does not make mention of iMac with ARM-based silicon chip, which he previously said would be coming in the first quarter of next year.
In the same report, however, Kuo predicts that MacBook shipments in 2020 are expected to increase to 16–17 million units.