Apple to introduce the first ARM-powered Macs on November 17

Peter, 16 October 2020

This month Apple is dealing with the first iPhone 12 pre-orders and sales, starting with the 12 and 12 Pro. The other two will come next month, but November will be marked with another major event – the official introduction of Apple silicon-powered MacBooks.

The company announced that it will be moving away from Intel and towards its own silicon back in June during the WWDC. However, the only actual hardware unveiled that day was the Mac mini-based Developer Transition Toolkit, powered by an Apple A12Z Bionic.

Leakster Jon Prosser reports that the ARM Mac event is scheduled for November 17. He says that Apple will officially confirm the date a week earlier on November 10.

Apple will allegedly introduce the first ARM-powered Macs on November 17, AirPods Studio tagging along

Unofficial info (allegedly coming from TSMC) suggests that a 12-inch MacBook will be the first macOS device to be powered by an Apple-designed chipset. And that chipset would be the Apple A14X, an upgraded version of the A14 used in iPhones and iPads.

Though, again, this has not been confirmed by Apple. It did say that it will need around two years to completely transition the Mac line to its own silicon, so expect to see another generation or two of Intel-powered Macs.

Prosser adds that there will be a “one more thing” at the ARM Mac event, the AirPods Studio, Apple’s first over-ear headphones. Those will be available in two versions, a sporty one for $350 and a premium model for $600. There were rumors early on that the Studio will be unveiled alongside the iPhones, instead we got the HomePod mini.

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What OS ? Ipad pro has the same ARM CPU , it can load MAC OS as well if Apple wants that

All what you have said is included in ipad pro.

  • Proteus

No sure about that. Apple announced that these laptops will continue to run the current apps. I'm guessing they will be using a similar mechanism to the one used by Java, like JVM. An instruction pre-processor that makes the old apps compatible ...

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