Reliable leaker says redesigned MacBooks will still feature Intel chips

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Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Reliable Apple leaker L0vetodream says Apple will release Intel-based MacBooks with a new design.
  • The Macs with the new design are expected to release in the second half of 2021.

Earlier today, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would be bringing new designs to the Apple Watch and Apple Silicon MacBooks in the second half of 2021.

While the new Apple Watch is expected to feature "innovative health management functions" and a new design, the new M1 MacBook lineup could feature mini-LED displays.

Similarly, Kuo says that new MacBook models featuring Apple silicon will be announced in the second half of next year, and these will also feature a new design. Kuo has previously reported that Apple may release a new mini-LED based MacBook lineup in 2021, expected to feature Apple silicon. Apple announced the first Apple silicon-based MacBooks at its November 'One More Thing' event earlier this month.

After the report came out, reliable Apple leaker L0vetodream retweeted the article saying that the redesign for the MacBook lineup would not only apply to those running Apple silicon.

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This would seem to indicate that Apple will release redesigned MacBooks still packing Intel chips next year. Apple has said that the transition from Intel to Apple silicon will take two years, but it is surprising to hear that the company may still offer Intel-based Macs in a new design.

So far, the Mac configurations that Apple offers with its M1 chip have completely replaced the Intel-based Macs.

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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.