Apple will launch MacBook 12-inch ultra-light, using Apple Silicon chips this year
According to The China Times, Apple’s first ARM-powered Mac will use an A14X processor, code-named “Tonga”, manufactured by TSMC. In particular, it is reported to have 15 to 20 hours of battery life.
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Earlier, Apple at WWDC 2020 in June revealed that their Macs will switch from Intel x86-based CPUs to ARM-designed Apple Silicon processors in next two years. Bloomberg has said that Apple is currently developing at least three processors for the Mac, based on the 5nm A14 chip that will be used in the upcoming iPhone 12 models. As reported today, the first A14X processor designed by Apple has been completed and will be mass produced using TSMC’s 5nm process later this year.
According to Bloomberg, Apple’s first Mac processor will have 12 cores, including 8 high-performance cores and at least 4 energy-efficient cores. Apple also says it will develop more 12-core Mac processors in the future, and is currently designing the second generation of ARM-based A15-based Mac processors.
This is the second time we’ve heard rumors about Apple reviving the 12-inch MacBook line to introduce the first Apple Silicon machine to users. Leaker Fudge (@choco_bit) has previously said that Apple could revive its now discontinued MacBook, with a new 12-inch model announced as the first Mac to use an Apple-designed ARM chip. Fudge says the 12-inch MacBook will have a design that hasn’t changed much from the previous generation and will add support for 5G connectivity.
Contrary to today’s report, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a design similar to the current generation is likely to be Apple’s first ARM-powered Mac. In March, Kuo predicts this new MacBook Pro will launch in late 2020 or early 2021. Let’s wait and see!