Ming-Chi Kuo just made a sizzling hot prediction that Apple is working on launching its first Mac with an ARM processor in 2021.
According to him, consumers should expect a release of Apple’s new products within the space of 12-18 months, but this time, they will have a Mac with an in-house processor in place of an Intel CPU. While there have been speculations in past years, in regards to Apple switching over to a custom-designed ARM processor for its Macs, Kuo’s prediction coupled with this report now projects a visible timeframe for the actual launch of Macs with the in-house processor.
In the same vein, Kuo acknowledges the ‘aggressive’ approach Apple has developed towards acquiring funds for research, since the outbreak of coronavirus, also much effort has been directed to the development and production of 5nm process chips that would be a feature of the first Macs with ARM CPUs. These 5nm chips will already be in place as an integral feature of iPhone and iPad in a few months’ time and then in Macs by 2021.
For Apple, this coming upgrade from intel processors in Macs to custom-designed ARM ones means a major breakthrough in terms of flexibility with Mac hardware updates, fine-tuning hardware and software efficiency needed for optimum usage.
And for developers, they have a lot of work to do and it is only a matter of time because, with this major shift, macOS software support is in place for the new wave of ARM Macs.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, however, opined that, if Kuo’s prediction is accurate then this would be the last WWDC before ARM Macs release and Apple should definitely get set to roll out a developer transition kit soon.