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12in MacBook or 12.9in iPad Pro? Tipster claims ARM-powered 12-core 5nm MacBooks will arrive this year, potentially putting both iPad and MacBook buyers in a bind

An ARM-powered 12in MacBook might arrive as early as late 2020 (Image source: Apple)
An ARM-powered 12in MacBook might arrive as early as late 2020 (Image source: Apple)
Tipster @L0vetodream recently claimed that ARM-powered MacBooks could arrive as early as this year, potentially in time for the new A14-powered iPad Pros. Holiday buyers could potentially have trouble choosing between an ARM-powered Apple laptop and an ARM-powered Apple laptop replacement.
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A 12in ARM-powered MacBook could be arriving as early as late 2020, as opposed to next year, according to tipster @L0vetodream. In a short post, the tipster stated the following: "ARM Mac this year."

The rumor mill's been awash with rumors about an ARM-powered 12in MacBook for quite some time, now. However, earlier reports strongly indicated that we wouldn't be seeing this part for at least another year. According to @L0vetodream, however, we'll be seeing the 12in MacBook this year, possibly in time for the release of the iPhone 12 lineup and the new iPad Pro.

This has the possibility to put buyers in a bind: do they buy an iPad Pro with an ARM-based A14 chip or an ARM-based MacBook? Earlier rumors indicated that the ARM-powered MacBook would remain significantly more powerful than the iPad.

However, if Apple resorts to using an emulation layer to run x86 MacOS apps on ARM - something we've seen with ARM-powered Windows devices - actual real world performance could be substantially worse than on an iPad Pro running native iOS code.

Windows laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM processors like the Snapdragon 8cx-powered Galaxy Book S deliver great battery life, but compromise on performance.

If the 12in MacBook does arrive this year, buyers already split between the iPad Pro (a device Apple positions as a laptop replacement, and smaller MacBooks, could find it even harder to make a purchase decision.

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 453 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-06-17 (Update: 2020-06-17)