Apple has designed a 12-inch MacBook powered by the Apple Silicon that weighs less than a pound, and the company plans to release it by the end of the year, according to a new report today.
The first Mac based on Apple’s ARM will use an A14X processor, codenamed “Tonga” and manufactured by TSMC, and the MacBook will have a battery life of between 15 and 20 hours, according to a Chinese newspaper. The China Times.
According to Apple’s supply chain, Apple is expected to launch a Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display later this year using its self-developed and engineered A14X processor, with Tonga development code that supports USB Type-C interface and weighs in at less than 1 kg due to the low power advantage of the Arm-based processor. The Macbook’s battery lasts 15 to 20 hours. The A14X processor will also be used in the new generation iPad Pro tablet.
Apple announced at its WWDC developer conference in June that its Macs will move from Intel x86-based processors to their self-designed Apple Silicon Arm-based processors over the next two years. Bloomberg Apple says it is currently developing at least three Mac processors based on the 5-nanometer A14 chip to be used in upcoming iPhone 12. According to sources in the Chinese report, the first A14X processor designed by Apple has been finalized and will be mass-produced. using a 5-nanometer TSMC process by the end of the year.
Apple’s first Mac processors will have 12 cores, including eight high-performance cores and at least four energy-efficient cores, according to Bloomberg. Apple is said to be researching more than 12-core Mac processors in the future, with the company already designing second-generation Mac processors based on the A15 chip.
For the second time, we hear rumors that Apple is reviving the 12-inch MacBook form factor to showcase its first Apple Silicon consumer machine. Fudge, a liqueur that goes through @choco_bit on Twitter, said in June that Apple could revive the now-discontinued MacBook with a new 12-inch model introduced as the first Mac with an Apple-designed Arm-based chip. Fudge said the 12-inch MacBook may look the same as the retired version with minimal design changes, although 5G connectivity may be a feature.
Contrary to today’s report, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a form factor similar to the current 13.3-inch “MacBook Pro” may be the first Mac to receive an Arm-based chip designed by Apple. In March, Kuo predicts that the new MacBook Pro will launch in late 2020 or early 2021.
Kuo said he expects the Apple Silicon 13.3-inch MacBook Pro to go into mass production in the fourth quarter of this year, but also predicts that we will see an Arm-based MacBook Air either in the same quarter or in the first quarter of next year, so it’s not impossible for the 12-inch machine to be a redesigned MacBook Air.
Today’s report also claims that Apple will launch the Apple Silicon iMac next year with a powerful custom-designed graphics processor, replacing AMD’s mobile graphics processors, which Apple has traditionally relied on. In addition, the report claims that the A14 chip, which is included in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 range, is codenamed “Sicilian”.