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One of the first ARM Macs will be an “entry-level” MacBook 12 ″ to be released in 2020. Apple could unveil it after a keynote scheduled for November 10. Here is everything we know at this stage about one of the first macs without an Intel processor.

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As you know, Apple is about to completely abandon Intel processors in its lineup of Mac computers. It must be said that over time the chips produced by Apple for its iPhone and iPad have acquired an excellent reputation. The latter are placed each time above the competition whether in terms of performance or their low energy consumption.

MacBook 2020: why Apple is abandoning Intel in favor of its own ARM chips

Unlike most computer manufacturers, Apple has never really married to a particular processor or architecture.. After using Motorola chips in its first macs, Apple switched to IBM’s PowerPC platform before announcing in 2005 its transition to the Intel architecture.

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The problem is that the historical founder (Intel is credited with launching the first consumer microprocessor in 1971) obviously did not understand Apple’s needs over time. Without really realizing and analyzing the rise in power of the ARM architecture. Intel processors, more powerful year after year, also consume more energy …

… In a period when Apple is seeking precisely to produce more powerful devices which also emphasize autonomy. Dropping Intel has a major advantage for Apple: now, all the key aspects of the construction of macs are integrated, which allows Apple to push further the amalgamation between its hardware and its operating system macOS and its software.

When is the first MacBook ARM released?

Apple is holding a keynote on November 10, 2020, which is expected to focus on the transition to ARM. Apple should take the opportunity to unveil several products including the first MacBook on the market with the famous ARM chip.

What is the price of the 2020 MacBook with ARM?

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At this stage, it is difficult to give reliable information on the price of future MacBooks with ARM chips. We note that Apple has said that these machines will be launched alongside Intel equivalents – without knowing whether or not Apple plans to differentiate its platforms by price or not.

However, we expect pricing in the order of what Apple currently charges for its cheaper MacBooks. Apple charges € 1,199 for the MacBook Air, for example, or € 1,499 for the 13 ″ MacBook Pro. According to the latest rumors the 2020 MacBook ARM would be sold around 900 €, but you have to take this with caution.

MacBook ARM 12 ″: what to expect, what’s new

Apple ARM Keynote
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The first ARM macs will offer a new screen size 12 ″ and should benefit from a nnew Apple A14X Bionic chip that we should also find in the next iPad Pro. Over time the performance of these silicon dies has established itself at such a level that benchmarks tend to compare them to certain macs.

However, we do not necessarily expect a tour de force in terms of performance on this first device – just the demonstration that it works, and that Apple has really taken care of the software support (we expect no less them…). The other thing that we are waiting for is a interstellar autonomy, higher than what Apple offers on its best iPads.

Indeed, apart from a few elements, such as the battery, or the presence of a keyboard, and more USB ports, the design of these new ARM macs should closely resemble that of the iPad Pro. Several sources believe that, together with a larger battery on the iPad, autonomy could explode around 15-20 hours in intensive use.

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Which would make it a machine that you can use without fear of running out of power, all day long, or even longer. Apple could also take advantage of this give your macs 5G connectivity – a technology that Apple is beginning to master, whether from the point of view of the implementation of the Qualcomm solution in its iPhone 12 – or via its takeover of Intel’s 5G teams.

Last point, more questionable: future ARM macs could be sold cheaper. The logic of many sources is to say that Apple will no longer have to pay expensive licenses to Intel in its macs. However, we will qualify this on two points. First, Apple rarely cuts the price of its products. Then, what Apple wins on one side, it loses on the other.

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Indeed, by betting on its own silicon, Apple must mechanically increase its research and development expenses, which can add considerable costs.

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