The latest news on the upcoming 12-inch MacBook is that the new device will be lightweight, powered by the next-generation processor with longer battery life. A report by The China Times claims that the new Apple Silicon MacBook will weight less than a kilogram and is expected to release by the end of this year.
Apple announced that transition from Intel core processor to own designed processors at the WWDC 2020 online event on June 9. Designed to bring new products, faster performance, and common architecture across all devices, Apple Silicon Mac line-up will go through a 2 years transition phase with the release of first-generation Apple Silicon Macs as early as the end of 2020. The official announcement corroborates the release date of the new 12 inch MacBook.
The New 12-inch MacBook
As per the report, the alleged new 12-inch MacBook will run on the powerful A14X processor by TSMC which will give a longer battery life of 15 to 20 hours.
“According to Apple’s supply chain, Apple is expected to launch a Macbook with a 12-inch Retina Display at the end of this year, using its self-developed and designed A14X processor, with the development code of Tonga, supporting a USB Type-C interface and weighing less than 1 kilogram, because of the low-power advantage of the Arm-based processor.
The Macbook battery lasts 15 to 20 hours. The A14X processor will also be used in the new generation iPad Pro tablet.”
If this claim turns out to be true, this will mark the return of the, currently discontinued, 12-inch MacBook as Apple’s first ARM-based Mac. In June, Apple leaker @choco_bit said that Apple would retain the same design language of the predecessor 12-inch Macbook but ship it with its own Apple Silicon and 5G network support for a holistic, hardware, and software upgrade.
However, these reports contradict information of renowned tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who stated that a new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro will be the first ARM-based Mac.
Although we always take rumors with a grain of salt, previous reports corroborate The China Times claims. Recently, TSMC shared the performance and power consumption stats of the new 5-nanometer process for A14 Bionic chip for the upcoming iPhone 12 which will boost the performance by 15% and reduce power consumption by 30%. Furthermore, Bloomberg claims that Apple is currently working on three Mac processors based on the same 5nm process used in the A14 chip. Both sources, report the same, end of 2020, release time frame.
From the consumers’ perspective, the alleged new 12-inch MacBook will be a welcomed return because a compact, lightweight, faster and power-efficient MacBook will be ideal for users who like to travel with their machines and want to start work anywhere.