Apple to begin transitioning its MacBook to ARM CPUs in 2021


The well-known analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple has modified its plans to initiate a complete transition towards the ARM processors in its MacBook laptops and Mac computers from 2021. According to more sources, the program will kick off with the launch of a 12-inch model refresh.

Kuo maintains his predictions but still does not specify specific models or launch order. He has not indicated whether Apple will limit itself to one line of products, or if it will focus on that hypothetical new version of the 12-inch MacBook with ARM CPU. On the contrary, it could also begin with a riskier transition covering more products and models from the start. Personally, I think a limited boot to the 12-inch MacBook makes the most sense, but both options are open.

At first, it may seem difficult to understand why Apple would want to carry out such a transition. Not only because of how complex it is, but also because it would not be feasible in all its products. It is a very complicated subject, which becomes even more difficult when we think of computers such as Mac Pro. That needs to have a specific high-performance platform with advanced technologies that are essential for the professional sector. There are many things behind the use of own processors, not only the designs and the power of these.

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How ARM CPUs could benefit the Macbook

With the possible debut of the first MacBook with ARM CPU customized by Apple. Its integration in a new 12-inch model would be the smartest decision by the company. Regarding applications, there is nothing to worry about, remember that using that architecture should give access to the software ecosystem that forms the App Store.

Once that new 12-inch MacBook with Apple’s A-series SoC reaches the market, the company will be able to assess its sales and the degree of reception it has had. If it deems it appropriate, it will also continue to progress a complete transition to its own chips. This would allow it to reduce production costs considerably. Since ARM-based semi-custom designs would save up to 60% cost compared to the Intel chips, it currently uses.

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