With the announcement of macOS Big Sur during Apple’s WWDC 2020, the company made clear one of its plans for the future – Ditch Intel chipsets in favor of an in-house made ARM chipset. The new software came with seamless support for ARM chipsets and several tools allowing users to port their applications for the new platforms. Moreover, the new OS brings support for iOS/iPadOS apps. The company promised the first MacBooks to come with ARM chipsets later in 2020. Now, the first reports about these products are starting to emerge. According to a report, the upcoming 12-inch MacBook will be the first laptop to use Apple’s ARM CPU.
The report comes from people working in Apple’s supply chain. According to the report, the 12-inch MacBook will make a comeback this year with Apple’s brand new ARM-based chip. It makes sense for the 12-inch MacBook to be the first of its kind since it was driven by Intel’s low-powered Core Y-series chip.
On a previous report from Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned Apple analyst, he stated that either the 13 or 24-inch iMacs will be the first Macs with Apple’s in-house chips. The new report comes straight from TSMC that now stands as Apple’s sole supplier of Apple’s A-series chipsets. If you’ve been following Huawei related news, you now that TSMC has stopped making chips for Huawei and now can easily accommodate Apple’s needs.
The new 12-inch MacBook comes with an A14X Bionic chipset
The source also states that the upcoming A14 Bionic chip that will be used in the iPhone 12 family, iPad family as A14X Bionic, will make it to this year’s 12-inch MacBook as well. In other words, the same A14X Bionic present on the iPad lineup will be powering up the MacBook as well. The new chipset will bring massive improvements for the MacBook performance and will also deliver a great battery life. Apple is promising something between 15 to 20 hours on a single charge.
In the past, Apple introduced Mac personal computers with Intel CPUs, equipped with Huida or AMD GPUs. However, this will change in 2020. Industry insiders pointed out that Apple has canceled support for AMD GPUs in the macOS Arm 64-bit operating system. This teases us with the possibility of GPU designed by Apple on the 12-inch MacBook as well.
The first MacBooks featuring the new chipset will go official in the last quarter of 2020.