First ARM Macs will be MacBook Pros and an all-new iMac: report

Apple will announce a long awaited Mac transition from Intel to ARM processors in its online WWDC 2020 keynote, and analyst Ming-chi Kuo has released a prediction for the first Mac to use the new Apple-designed processor. . His research notes were reported by MacRumors 9to5Mac and AppleInsider . New iMac design with thin bezel and 24-inch display. This iMac will be released in the third quarter of 2020, but the ARM version will be released in the first quarter of next year.

The first ARM Mac will be a 13-inch MacBook Pro in the fourth quarter of 2020 or the first quarter of 2021. I think the form factor is similar to the current model. It is expected that the production of the Intel version will cease when the ARM model is released, but there is no mention as to whether it is the same on the iMac. Kuo also believes that the new ARM-based MacBook design will start production in mid-2021.

It will take 12 to 18 months to transition to Apple's full ARM-based lineup, Kuo said. Analysts expect the new ARM machine to perform 50 to 100% better than Intel's previous model, but it depends on actual performance as well as Apple's prioritization of new designs. For example, if a fictitious Apple processor is 50% more efficient than certain Intel chips, theoretically, headroom can be used to extend battery life at a similar rate or achieve faster performance within the same thermal envelope.

Apple chose MacBook. The first ARM-based Macs, Pro and iMac, reflect the history of the last Mac processor transition. At WWDC 2005, Apple released its first Intel-based Mac in January 2006 after announcing that for performance reasons, it would move from PowerPC processors to Intel. IMac with Core Duo in the old G5 chassis and MacBook Pro replacing the all-new iMac PowerBook G4.

So real ARM based consumer Mac hardware will not show up in WWDC 2020. Apple can instead provide developers with test hardware on time to run on ARM processors. Computer release.

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