Kuo: Apple Could Launch MacBook with Custom Arm Processor in Late 2020 or Early 2021

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 12 Mar 2020

In his latest research note, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will launch MacBook models with its own processors in Q4 of this year or in the first quarter of 2021.

The note does not mention whether Apple will be first launching MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models with its own Arm processors. Apple has been rumored to be working on an Arm-powered MacBook for a long time now. With the convergence of iOS and macOS and Catalyst, it is clear that Apple is preparing its OS for such a device.

The move will allow Apple to reduce its reliance on Intel which has been struggling with its 10nm foundry for quite a few years now. The company has not released processors with major graphical or compute performance breakthroughs in quite a few years. And since its processors continue to be fabricated on the 14nm node, there has not been any improvement in terms of power efficiency as well.

The analyst also believes that Apple will launch MacBooks with an entirely new design in Q2 or Q3 of 2021.

Our Take

With Apple adding enhanced mouse support and trackpad gestures support to iPadOS 14, perhaps the company is looking to launch a MacBook Air running iPadOS? Even if not, I do think that Apple will first launch a MacBook Air with its custom Arm processor before using them inside its MacBook Pro models. This is because the current generation MacBook Air feels awfully underpowered due to Intel’s CPUs and an in-house Arm CPU from Apple can do wonders here. Plus, the MacBook Pro lineup is meant for professionals and Apple would not want to experiment with that market first.

[Via MacRumors]