For a long time, we have witnessed rumors about Apple’s Mac transition from Intel processors to Apple’s ARM designs. And now, it looks like the company has silently kicked off the production of ARM-based Mac machines and is preparing to launch them next year. According to TF securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with custom-designed ARM-based processors in 2021.
These ARM-based processors are believed to enhance the competitive lineups of Mac. Also, this will allow Apple to refresh its Mac models without relying on the Intel processor roadmap with reducing costs by 40-60 percent. Hence, this would provide Mac better hardware differentiation from that of Windows PCs. This also allows Apple’s non-dependence to the whims of Intel, which in the past had delayed development, manufacturing, and shipments of promised silicon.
Apple’s first Mac books with ARM-based processors are expected to get launched in either the fourth quarter of 2020 or the first quarter of 2021.
ARM designs are usually associated with mobile devices that give them excellent power efficiency (long battery life) without the need for active cooling such as iPads. This adds to the advantages of MacBooks with powerful A-series processors.
During the transition period, Kuo estimates that the annual shipments of Mac will increase to 25 million to 30 million units, comparatively from the current 20 million units.
If sources are to be believed, Apple with adopting USB 4.0 technology in 2022. The protocol incorporates assets from Thunderbolt 3 with data support of upto 40Gbps, a power delivery of 100W. These come royalty-free for manufacturers.
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