With only a few short months left until the first Apple Silicon-based Mac rolls off the assembly line, we’re starting to get a good idea of what the new chips will bring. But among the expected speeds, graphics and battery life that are surely on the way, we can also see the revival of one of Apple’s best notebook laptops.
According to The China Times and reported by Macrumors, Apple is preparing to launch a new 12-inch Macbook, which retired in 2019. Apple does not currently sell a screen-sized MacBook, with the 1
The report says that the new machine will have USB-C (but does not mention Thunderbolt) and weigh less than 2.2 pounds (1 kilo), about half a pound lighter than today’s MacBook Air and a pound lighter than 13-inch. Macbook Pro. In particular, it is about the same weight as the previous MacBook.
The report says that the new Macbook will use an A14X processor, which is similar to how Apple separates its iPad chips (although Apple introduced a “Z” chip with the latest iPad Pro). The new computer will reportedly also have a battery that “lasts 15 to 20 hours”, far longer than the 11-hour MacBook Air. The previous MacBook was rated for 10 hours of battery life and a relatively slow Core m3 processor.
Elsewhere in the report, The China Times also reports that a new iMac is on the way in 2021, which “can use a GPU developed and designed by Apple.” With the switch to its own silicon, it seems likely that Apple will also design a custom GPU instead of relying on parts from Nvidia or AMD.