What you need to know
- Ming-Chi Kuo released a new investor note focused on Apple's ARM transition for the Mac.
- The analyst says that the first ARM-based Macs will be the iMac and MacBook Pro.
- Kuo predicts that the first models will be released by the end of 2020.
Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note that predicts Apple's transition to ARM for the Mac will begin with two Mac models no one would have suspected.
Reported by AppleInsider, Kuo believes that the first Macs to switch to ARM will be the 13-inch MacBook Pro and a redesigned iMac. Going further, he believes that the new models will boost performance by up to 100% when compared to the Intel chips the computers would be switching from.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is not expected to feature much of a redesign, with the only major change being the presence of an Apple custom-designed chip instead of Intel. The iMac, on the other hand, is expected to feature a new design and a 24-inch display.
Kuo goes on to predict that Apple will completely switch to ARM for all of its Mac models in the next 18 months. He also noted an "all-new form-factor design MacBook" that will ship in 2021.
Apple is anticipated to announce a switch from Intel to ARM at WWDC today.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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