A New 12-Inch Macbook Can be the First ARM-Based Mac: Leaker Suggests

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From the past few months, we have been more about the ARM-based Macs that Apple could launch. But now, an Apple leaker Fudge who goes by @choco_bit on Twitter has shared details of the upcoming ARM-based Macs. He shared his thoughts on how, when, and why Apple will switch its Macs to first-party ARM chips.

The rumors of ARM Macs have been lighted up in the past few weeks, with the latest information suggesting a possible announcement at Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference. However, it was still unclear when the company will unveil is first ARM-based Mac and which system it will be.

In a Reddit post, Fudge speculates about what that transition could ultimately look like. He claimed that the first ARM-equipped Mac could be a refresh of the 12-inch MacBook, based on fresh rumors out of the Apple supply chain.

With that say, the 12-inch device would be the first to come equipped with an eight- to 12-core A14X chip “designed specifically for use as the primary processor in a Mac.” Fudge also said that the company is still working on revamping its butterfly keyboard to make it perfect for the upcoming Macs.

In his post, he mentioned that there is no indication of whether Apple will make any changes in the design pointing that the model could look the same as the 2017 12-inch MacBook that Apple killed off in July 2019. The device also could be the first Mac to sport cellular connectivity in the form of 5G support, Fudge says.

In terms of why Apple has been moving away from Intel, there are a number of ways that Apple could benefit from this move. Fudge added a few of them in his post on Reddit. 

In addition to a better performance and battery life for users, this move from Apple could allow the company to cut costs and execute more control over its hardware and software integration. Also, ARM Macs and iOS devices could allow for a “more unified Apple ecosystem,” where the only distinction could be “form factor and performance characteristics.”

Fudge also thinks that Apple could completely abandon Boot Camp as a feature until Windows becomes friendlier to ARM architecture. As for the availability of the first ARM-based Macs, we were expecting to hear the announcement for the first ARM-based Mac on Apple WWDC 2020. However. Bloomberg recently reported that the first ARM chip-equipped Mac isn’t likely to be released until 2021.

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