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New Arm-powered MacBook Pro, Air may arrive this year, report suggests

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Upcoming 13.3-inch MacGuide Pros may be among the many first computer systems to run Apple’s personal processors. 

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Dan Ackerman

Apple has teased that it’ll ship the primary computer systems working its personal Apple A-series Arm chips later this 12 months. Now, a brand new report from notable Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, of TF International Securities, suggests that the primary computer systems packing the brand new processors may very well be a 13.3-inch MacGuide Pro and probably a brand new MacGuide Air as effectively. 

In the report, noticed by MacRumors on Friday, Kuo says, “Apple will launch new MacBook models including the new 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ equipped with the ‌Apple silicon‌” within the fourth quarter of 2020, with the brand new Apple silicon-powered MacGuide Air‌ arriving across the identical time or in early 2021.

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Beyond the smaller Pro and Air, Kuo additionally expects “new 14- and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models equipped with the ‌Apple silicon‌ and all-new form factor design” late within the second quarter of 2021 or within the third quarter of subsequent 12 months. 

Apple has been rumored to be engaged on new MacGuide Pro’s that make the most of a brand new show expertise generally known as mini-LED

Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

The iPhone-maker beforehand up to date its 13.3-inch MacGuide Air and 13.3-inch Pro within the spring, giving every machine newly designed keyboards and, in some instances, up to date Intel processors. While most of those new machines now run on Intel’s 10th-generation chips, the cheaper, entry-level MacGuide Pros have remained on older eighth-generation {hardware}. 

Beyond the brand new MacBooks, Apple has additionally been rumored to be making ready a brand new iMac that probably runs on the brand new Apple-designed chips. Developers trying to put together their apps for the transition have been capable of order Mac Mini-based developer kits that run MacOS on one of many firm’s A12Z chips. 

Announced at its WWDC developer convention final month, CEO Tim Cook mentioned throughout the digital keynote that Apple’s transfer from Intel is predicted to take “about two years,” including that the corporate plans to ship its first system with an Apple-designed processor “by the end of this year.” 

Despite the transition, Intel-based Macs will proceed to be supported, with Cook promising new variations of MacOS for these computer systems “for years to come” and including that Apple has “some new Intel-based Macs in the pipeline that we’re really excited about.”  

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