23 June 2020
Apple is widely rumored to announce Intel to ARM transition at this year's WWDC which is set to kick off in less than 12 hours. Now, well-known research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared the newest research notes predicting the new products that will begin the chapter of transition. He claims that the first ARM-powered Macs will include a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a completely redesigned 24-inch iMac.
It is speculated that the first ARM-based Macs will arrive in the market sometime in 2021 but Kuo believes that Apple could bring them as soon as this fall. But considering how things are around the world, there is always a possibility of delays that can actually push back the release timeline to the first quarter of 2021.
Interestingly, the 24-inch iMac is said to arrive with Intel CPUs in the beginning but make a switch to ARM later. This transition is expected to happen around the same time when Apple will release the 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring ARM chipsets. It is claimed that the iMac will be the last offering from the company with an Intel processor. Kuo has further predicted the performance of ARM models to be 50% to 100% faster than Intel counterparts.
To avoid any confusion, let's make it clear that Apple's WWDC keynote about the ARM transition is speculated only to be an announcement. It means Apple will talk about the process and why it has decided to do so. There are unlikely to be any new ARM-powered product announcements at the stage yet.