It seems like Apple is now planning to switch from Intel chipsets to its own ARM-based chipsets for a plethora of devices. As per the noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Cupertino-based is planning to launch Macbook with ARM processors in the first half of 2021. The company has already been quite active in the research and development sector. In fact, Apple has been quite proactive with its funding for R&D. As of now, the brand is working on its 5nm chipset which could be the ARM-based chipsets that might incorporate in Mac devices.
Furthermore, Apple is also planning to bring the 5nm chipsets with its upcoming iPhone 12 lineup. As expected, that will happen somewhere in the mid-2020 which is still quite far. We should also see this 5nm chipset in the mini-LED iPad that will again launch in late 2020. With its own custom-designed ARM chipsets, the company will be able to create its hardware and software relation more efficient. This will eventually improve the performance on various levels.
It is worth mentioning that the company will have to bring the MacOS software support to ARM-based chipsets as well. Back in 2019, Intel hinted towards the possibilities of end of the collaboration with Apple. The current latest Apple Bionic chipsets make use of 7nm fabrication process. With A14 Bionic chipsets, the brand will straight jump to the 5nm manufacturing process. The ARM chipsets on MacBook will reduce the power draw resulting in much better battery life.
If the performance of Apple’s ARM-based CPUs manages to compete with the likes of Intel and AMDs, then the company will bring the chipsets to its iMac lineup as well. It would be interesting to see how well the ARM-based MacBooks will perform in real life. If any new development takes place, we will update you at the earliest.