According to Apple’s senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch production of its ARM-based MacBook Air as soon as the Q4 of 2020. He predicted that by leveraging their in-house silicon over an Intel processor, the Cupertino giant would be able to lower the starting price of its next-generation MacBook air model. Apple announced last month at WWDC 2020 its switch from Intel processors to their native silicon. It is believed that Apple’s Mac ecosystem is closer to its iPhone’s family.
In a review article, published by 9to5Mac, Kuo said the MacBook Air built-in Apple Silicon is expected to go into mass production around the launch date of the latest 13.3-inch MacBook Pro — sometimes in the final quarter of this year. He also reported that the introduction of the new MacBook Air would occur by either the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.
In addition to the MacBook Air redesign, Apple is expected to have plans to bring 14 inch and 16-inch models to redesigned MacBook Pro lineup. However, the latest ARM-based models are not likely to launch at any time before Q2 or Q3 of 2020.
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro was suggested last month by Kuo to be the first chip to be launched on ARM-based. He previously stated that new MacBook models feature mini-LEDs to boost the performance of existing LCD options. He also noted in a separate note.
The latest report from Kuo contains a forecast for shipments by MacBook in 2020 up to 16-17 million units, according to a MacRumors study. Kuo added that the volume of shipments could reach 18-20 million units next year, provided that the new 14-and 16-inch Macbook Pro models saw reasonable demand.
Kuo’s recent report did not cover information regarding a new iMac was initially reported on a fresh design for WWDC 2020. However, he earlier said that it would come later this year. Kuoh also noted that the new iMac would also have Apple’s ARM-based silicon.
Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated that it would launch one of its first Mac machines based on an ARM chip by the end of the year. He had said that going forward; it would result in “a common architecture” for all Apple products.