Apple may go all out in trying to disconnect Intel in favor of the company's processors. In a new research note received by MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that California-based maker Cupertino will launch "several" new Macs and desktops next year.
As rumored before, these new Macs will be powered by ARM-based processors instead of the x86 that has come over the years. The transition to ARM architecture, Kuo believes, will lower PC costs by 40 to 60 percent and allow Apple to offer a more diversified Mac range.
Besides, ARM-based computers have a lot more advantages over their x86 counterparts. Usually intended for mobile devices, they consume less energy, which eventually leads to greater durability and can work on more compact designs – making them ideal for on-the-go productivity, a feature that customers are increasingly looking for nowadays.
What is more fascinating is that Apple computers also develop computers with ARM processors. Even though Apple's mobile processors for the iPad Pro are known to be commanding enough for formats, it's not clear how the company plans to integrate them into iMacs. In addition, ARM chips are low power components, so there is the question of how they will work while they are permanently together to an active power source.
In the meantime, Apple is boosting its iPad Pro tablet line with table support. Therefore, it remains to be seen how the company will deploy these ARM products.
But, as we have seen in the case of Windows computers, the accomplishment of ARM-based computers depends heavily on software support. Their upgrades over x86 will not hit until third-party Mac developers update their applications. Microsoft's Surface Pro X, for example, had an extremely uneven launch due to the lack of abundant ARM-compatible applications. We're likely to hear more about macOS updates for ARM computers at Apple's imminent annual developer conference that will take place online only.
The new research note is in line with Kuo's earlier prediction, stating that Apple will probably introduce new MacBooks with its own chips in late 2020 or early 2021. While the coronavirus pandemic is likely to ruin some of them the timeframe for MacBook-correlated vendors "to" significantly improve starting in late Development ".