Apple will release its first Mac computer with an ARM processor in the first half of 2021, according to a new research report by Guo Mingyu, an analyst at Tianfeng Securities. Mr. Guo predicts that one of the new products Apple will launch in the next 12 to 18 months will be a Mac with a self-developed ARM processor rather than an Intel processor.
Over the past few years, there have been growing reports that Apple will switch to a custom-designed ARM processor for the new Mac, and Mr. Guo gave a specific timeline for when the product is expected to be released in a report released Monday.
He stressed that Since the outbreak of the new corona virus, Apple has become “more active” in funding research, development and production of 5nm process chips, which are expected to be used in the first Maccomputers equipped with ARM processors. That’s because the 5nm chip will be integrated into the iPhone and iPad later this year and into Mac computers in 2021.
Apple is expected to receive shipments of 5nm process chips by mid-2020. Mr Guo said Apple would not only use a 5nm custom chip for the first MAC with an ARM processor in 2021, but also the flagship iPhone in 2020 and the new mini LED version of the iPad, which is expected to be available between late 2020 and early 2021.
For Apple, the shift from an Intel processor to a custom ARM processor would be a major shift, giving it more flexibility to hardware update sms and fine-tuning hardware and software efficiency for the best possible experience.
It’s worth noting that developers still have work to do because the shift is designed to ensure that the new ARM version of Mac supports MacOS software.
Steve Troughton-Smith, a developer, said that if Mr Guo’s prediction was correct, apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) would be the last before the LAUNCH of the ARM mac. Apple should soon launch a developer transition toolkit, but that’s not guaranteed.