Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors this morning that Apple’s first Mac powered by an in-house ARM processor will be released during the first half of 2021.
While the well-connected industry analyst provides no other details about the new Mac he says is on the way, the info jibes with previous rumors that have suggested Apple is working on custom Apple-designed and produced ARM-based processors that would allow them to move away from Intel’s chips to power their Macs.
Apple has faced product release delays due to Intel chip delays. By producing their own chips, Apple wouldn’t be tied to Intel’s chip release schedules.
Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV devices all currently use Apple-developed ARM processors. Apple-developed and created T2 chips are already being used in the iMac Pro, as well as recent MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and Mac Pro models. Moving the Mac lineup to ARM chips could allow all of the devices to run the same apps.
Kuo mentions the ARM-powered Macs in a note that claims 5-nanometer chip architecture will be the “core technology” in Apple’s new products in the next 12 to 18 months.