The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a good reputation in the Apple community – his predictions, probably based mostly on information from suppliers, have a high hit rate. Now he reports among other things according to 9to5Mac: Production of two new Macbooks is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Instead of the chips from Intel that are still in use at the moment, they are said to contain so-called Apple Silicon, i.e. ARM processors developed by Apple and manufactured by contract manufacturers such as TSMC.
According to Kuo, the two laptops are a Macbook Pro with a 13.3-inch display and a Macbook Air. The Macbook Pro is therefore probably a device whose features – apart from the processor, of course – more or less correspond to the current version. The release is scheduled for late 2020.
Only in 2021, according to Kuo, Apple plans to release further Macbook Pros that have more than the processor revised. Specifically, Kuo names a device with a 14 and a 16-inch display. There have been rumors for some time that Apple could switch to mini-LED technology for its Macbooks in the medium term. Mini-LED offers a very good picture with high dynamic range support, the technology takes up little space and saves energy – but is still expensive.
The Macbook Air with Apple Silicon mentioned by Kuo should also be on the market at the end of 2020, but possibly not until the beginning of 2021. The analyst says nothing about whether further changes can be expected in addition to the processor. Because the Air is currently positioned as a (relatively) inexpensive Macbook, it seems unlikely that there will be any major innovations apart from Apple Silicon.
Apple itself said when it announced its ARM architecture on June 22, 2020 that the transition from Intel to its own silicon across the entire portfolio would take two years and the first Macbooks should appear around the end of 2020. The company has not given any further details.
According to Apple, support for Intel Macs should be secured for years to come – however, the company has not made any more specific statements on this point either. Buyers are faced with a dilemma: they have to decide whether to buy a Macbook with an Intel interior.
This means that the currently available and more or less mature software can be used natively. However, there is a risk that the programs will only be updated half-heartedly at some point. And: There is no such thing as exciting new technology such as mini-LED.
Alternatively, you can just wait for a Macbook with Apple Silicon. This may be the better choice in the long run – but this is accompanied by the uncertainty whether, for example, urgently needed software from third-party manufacturers really runs natively and, above all, stably.