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
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.
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.