Apple has plans to release additional M1-powered MacBook models in the second half of 2021, says industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The move will be part of Apple’s promised two-year transition of its Mac lineup away from Intel processors to Apple Silicon.
In a research note today, shared by MacRumors, Kuo said the new MacBook models will feature an unspecified new design. Kuo did not specify which MacBooks will be moved to Apple Silicon, but he previously claimed that redesigned M1-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would be launched in the late second quarter or third quarter of 2021.
There have been other rumors floating the rumors bowl that include a smaller version of the Mac Pro tower, as well as a redesigned 24-inch iMac.
The first M1-powered Macs – the new MacBook Air, a lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini, began arriving to customers last week. Meanwhile, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with four Thunderbolt ports, 16-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac Pro all continue to use Intel processors.