Faster, more economical and use one app on iPhone, iPad and Mac. The first MacBook with an Apple Silicon chip will probably be unveiled next week, and in this article, we look ahead.
5 expectations for the first MacBook with Apple Silicon
The first step towards a single Apple ecosystem will probably be taken on November 10. That evening, the company is rumoured to unveil the first Mac with a processor made by Apple. In this article, we look ahead to our expectations for the first MacBook with Apple Silicon chip.
Index: MacBook with Apple Silicon expectations
- Why is Apple switching?
- MacBook Air and Pro turn first
- No new design
- Based on iPhone 12 chip
- Other Macs will follow later
1. Why Apple is making the switch
But first: why is the switch to Silicon so important? Because Apple is definitely saying goodbye to Intel, a party that has been working with since 2006. However, the iPhone maker wants to stand on its own two feet and no longer be tied to Intel’s product range, including the additional dependency.
Apple will therefore make its own chips, which are called Silicon. These are based on the so-called ARM architecture. This may not mean much to you, but the bottom line is that the technology of the iPhone, iPad and Mac is converging because they share the same processor architecture. The advantage of this is that iPhone and iPad apps will soon also work on your Mac, without the developer having to make a lot of adjustments.
2. A first for the MacBook Pro and Air
The ‘Silicon scoop’ is for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, if Bloomberg News’ usually reliable Apple insider Mark Gurman is right. The expert indicates that the company will show three laptops on November 10: two MacBook Pros (with 13 and 16-inch screen) and a MacBook Air with a 13-inch display.
In fact, according to Gurman, Apple’s Asian factories are currently working overtime to get the first MacBooks with Silicon chips ready in time. When the new MacBooks will be available is not yet entirely clear. There is also some uncertainty about the price tags. Several sources do claim that the MacBook will become slightly cheaper thanks to Apple Silicon because Apple has almost the entire production process in its own hands.
3. Well-known design
So there is probably a lot of tinkering under the hood, but that kite does not apply to the outside. The design of the first Silicon Macs remains exactly the same, according to Gurman. “Apart from the new processor, little will change to the laptops,” the insider said.
4. Based on iPhone 12 chip
We, therefore, aim our arrows on the inside. It seems that the new MacBook chips are inspired by the A14 chip, which is the beating heart of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini and iPad Air 2020. This means that all vital chip components – including the processor, graphics card and neural engine – will soon be designed by Apple itself.
The benefits of this are obvious: Apple is actually creating one large ecosystem. The underlying technology of products is then identical. Not only is the A14 chip a lot faster than the A13 variant, which is in the iPhone 11 phones, the processor is also more energy-efficient. Thus, the first ARM MacBooks promise to last longer on a full battery charge than their predecessors.
5. Other Macs will follow later
Apple announced the move to Silicon in June 2020. The company promised to switch completely to its own processors within two years. When the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro switch first, it means that the regular MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini will take the plunge at a later date.
It is still unclear when exactly this will happen. However, it is expected that the entry-level MacBook and iMac will be the turn of the Mac Pro. After all, it is quite possible that Silicon will be plagued with some teething problems in the beginning and therefore only transfer the most powerful desktop at the last minute.