Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released his new report, and the most interesting of which is his prediction that Apple will launch the first Mac with ARM processors in 18 months – meaning in the first half of 2021.
Kuo forecasts that one of Apple’s new products coming out in the next 12 to 18 months will be a Mac with a self-developed processor, instead of an Intel CPU.
Over the past few years, more and more reports are showing that Apple is making the switch to using custom ARM processors on Macs, and Kuo’s recent report has strengthened the time frame for the transition. this. Kuo himself predicted this in 2018.
Due to the corona virus outbreak, Mr. Kuo emphasized that Apple is “increasingly active” in funding the research, development and production of 5nm process chips, which are expected to be used for First Mac to use custom ARM CPUs. That’s because these 5nm chips will also be integrated into iPhones and iPads later this year, as well as Macs by 2021.
These 5nm chips are expected to ship to Apple in mid 2020. Besides using custom 5nm chips for the first ARM-based Macs in 2021, Kuo’s report also says the flagship iPhone line of 2020 and iPads using Mini-LED screens, released between late 2020 and early 2021, will also feature these 5nm chips.
Changing from Intel processors on Macs to ARM custom chips will be an important shift for Apple by allowing them more flexibility in upgrading Mac hardware as well as tweaking hardware and hardware. more effective software for a better experience.
Most notably, this will be introduced to developers in the near future so that when the transition takes place, software support for MacOS is ready for these new machines.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith also shared that if Kuo’s forecast is correct, this year’s WWDC developer conference will be where Apple will deploy the conversion kit for the Developer Transition Kit developer, but There is no certainty about this.
Refer to 9to5Mac