Apple has been rumored to be working on an ARM-powered Mac device for a long time. And with the company slowly merging iOS apps with Mac apps, it’s no surprise that we could be getting a new ARM-powered Mac soon.
Well, as it turns out, we may get to see a Mac powered by Apple’s own ARM processor in the first half of 2021.
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According to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac), Apple is reportedly planning to release its first Mac device with an ARM processor in the first half of next year. The company has reportedly been “more aggressive” with funding for R&D and production of 5nm process chips recently, which could potentially power the first ARM-powered Mac device.
Apple switching to ARM processors for the Mac will be a big deal. The company will obviously have to get developers ready for the new ARM device, which will be an interesting process considering the fact that Microsoft is essentially doing the same nowadays with Windows on ARM.
It will probably be years before we see an ARM-powered MacBook Pro, so maybe Apple will put an ARM processor on the regular MacBook line to test the waters next year. Details are very scarce right now, so I’d take all this with a grain of salt.
<p>Would this lower the cost of the Mac? Improve performance? Increase battery life? What is motivating Apple to go this route? OS stability and speed? </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#522869">In reply to Vladimir:</a></em></blockquote><p>and more profit / closure for apple</p>
<p>This will sell bucket loads and drive a shed load of iCloud app based service revenues too.</p><p><br></p><p>The big question for me will be where the device gets manufactured. My hunch is in India. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#522989">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Or how about Tim opts for the Apple cookbook ……. </p>