Updated July 30. The article was originally published on July 28.
The latest documents submitted by Apple confirm that a new MacBook is on the way, thanks to the certification of a new laptop battery. The question now is whether the geekerati should be willing to accept a tweak to an existing laptop or get excited about the first Mac machine with an ARM processor.
Update July 30: In addition to the pointers to MacOS hardware for ARM, which offers battery certification, we now have the first indications of the price of radical laptops. The detail comes from Apple’s notable comforter Komia_kj in response to a question about the pricing of the first MacOS user on ARM hardware:
“ARM MacBook about $ 799; MacBook Pro 13” about $ 1099. (I don’t know the exact price) “
It is worth noting that these prices are significantly lower than the current Intel MacBook Air ($ 999) and MacBook Pro ($ 1299). If the prices are correct (and Taniyama-Shimura is applied here), then we can see how much of the cost is saved by switching to ARM.
The new information about the battery comes from Apple’s submission to the authorities in China (3C) and Denmark (UL Demko), covering a new device with 49.9 watt hours. The big show is that the owner of the trademark is named Apple.
Although it doesn’t say “this is a new MacBook,” it’s possible to extrapolate from the data here and the current Apple hardware, and get an answer. Chance Miller goes to Columbus:
“The 4,380mAh battery listed in this file is relatively small compared to a Mac, but can be used for a MacBook Air. For example, the 16-inch MacBook Pro has a battery of over 8,000mAh. The 13-inch MacBook Air has approximately 5,100mAh batteries. The power listed here is also interesting. Records show the Mac in question as a 49.9-watt-hour battery, which is exactly the same as the 13-inch MacBook Air and lower than the 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. “
The easiest answer (“another MacBook Air is coming”) is also the most spectacular answer. Not because of the regular update of the specifications to the century-old line of ultrabooks, because this happened four months ago. But because if it’s a lightweight MacOS laptop, it shows up when Apple’s Intel-powered portfolio is pretty refreshed.
In this case, the suspicion deviates from Intel’s line to Apple’s new adventure with ARM’s MacOS. Developers currently have access to Mac mini-shaped Developer Transition Kits on loan from Apple, but the first MacOS user on an ARM device is expected to be both a laptop and here by the end of the year.
Could this be the first ARM laptop? It makes more sense than a redesign of the March MacBook Air. The lower battery capacity may be an indicator of a machine smaller than the current Air. Tim Cook and his team may decide they don’t want to upset the current market balance in any major way; which means that the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro brands will not be pulled to the bleeding edge of the ARM revolution.
In this case, we could look at the return of the only carrier. The new and revolutionary MacBook could just be … a MacBook.
Now read about the balancing act that Apple needs to achieve in support of older Mac customers …