Now that Apple has ditched Intel to make its custom silicon, the company might release its first Apple Silicon computer soon.
The New Apple Silicon Computers
Gizmodo reports that hints have surfaced in China Times about the new Apple computer. The report, in Chinese, says that the new Apple Silicon computer might drop later this year. From the report, the new computer might be a 12-inch Macbook that has a reported battery life of 15-20 hours. In the same article, Apple also plans to release a new Apple Silicon iMac in late 2021. The new iMac contains a custom GPU developed by Apple.
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) September 1, 2020
The New 12-Inch Apple Silicon Macbook
According to the China Times report, the A14X processor would power the new Macbook. Sources have said that Apple should begin mass-producing the chip before 2020 ends. The company would also use the 5nm process of the Taiwan-based supplier TSMC.
Codenamed “Tonga,” the new 12-inch Macbook will support USB-C, weigh less than 2.2 pounds, and can run for 15-20 hours on one battery charge. The A14X chip’s “low power consumption advantage” gives the new Macbook extended battery life.
Is the New 12-Inch Apple Silicon Macbook Just a Rumor?
In June, MacRumors had already reported on the rumors of Apple reviving the 12-inch Macbook. Afterward, in April, a Bloomberg report said that Apple would build its Silicon processors with at least eight high-performance cores. Out of the eight cores, at least four would be energy-efficient.
However, don’t get too excited yet. Reliable source Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple’s first Apple Silicon computer would be a 13.3-inch Macbook Pro. He also added that an Apple Silicon Macbook Air might either launch with the Pro or early next year.