Kuo: Apple’s first ARM Macs coming in late 2020 or early 2021

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Reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared a research report today, predicting that Apple will reveal its ARM Mac plan at the WWDC Keynote that will be held tomorrow, this will give developers plenty of chances to prepare the ARM version of the macOS app by the time Apple releases the first ARM-based Macs in late 2020 or early 2021.

Kuo said that he expects the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and the 24-inch iMac are the first Mac models to adopt ARM chips, with the latter said to come with a brand-new design. Meantime, the performance of ARM Mac is expected to increase by 50–100% compared to Intel Mac

Kuo went on to say that the design of the ARM 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is similar to the Intel 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Apple will, however, stop offering the Intel 13.3-inch MacBook Pro following mass production of the ARM 13.3-inch MacBook Pro.

Ahead of the launch of ARM iMac, Apple will release an updated model of Intel iMac in the third quarter of 2020, says Kuo.

The analyst predicts that all new Mac models will be outfitted with ARM processors from 2021 onwards. It is expected that all Mac models will be switched to ARM in the next 12-18 months, and the new MacBook with a new design will be launched in the second half of 2021.

Kuo believes that the integration of ARM processors, Mini-LED displays, and scissor keyboards, the MacBook will become much competitive in the next two years. He expects that Apple will soon release MacBook models equipped with Mini-LED displays in the first half of 2021.

In terms of shipments, Kuo estimates that MacBook shipments will rise by 30% in the third quarter of 2020, with MacBook shipments predicted to increase dramatically in the future.