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Apple MacBook: First ARM MacBook may have up to 20 hours battery life, an A14X Bionic chipset and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 720p webcam and a butterfly keyboard

Apple's first ARM MacBook will be a spiritual successor of the discontinued 12-inch model. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Apple's first ARM MacBook will be a spiritual successor of the discontinued 12-inch model. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Apple is planning to equip its first ARM-powered MacBook with an A14X Bionic, according to a new rumour. The in-house chipset will be paired with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, along with a 720p webcam and a 4th generation butterfly keyboard. Between 15 and 20 hours of battery life beckons for the new 12-inch MacBook, too.

It has been a few days since @komiya_kj published information about the release date and approximate pricing of the next 12-inch MacBook, Apple's first ARM laptop. According to the Twitter account, Apple will launch the device on October 27 at a Special Event alongside the first ARM-powered MacBook Pro 13. While the latter will supposedly cost in the region of US$1,099, the MacBook will be pitched a more palatable US$799.

Now, the same account has revealed some specifications that it claims are for the MacBook. Unsurprisingly, we have been unable to verify these, so we would recommend treating them with a healthy amount of scepticism for the time being. Nonetheless, they have proven popular among Komiya's followers. According to @komiya_kj, the MacBook will have a 12-inch Retina Display that will be configurable with 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB, 512 GB or possibly 1 TB of storage. All SKUs will be powered by a passively-cooled A14X Bionic chipset, which will yield between 15-20 hours battery life.

Additionally, the device will purportedly weigh less than 1 kg and will only have one USB Type-C port that will handle charging and data transfer. Apple is apparently sticking with the 720p webcam that it has been using for years, which would be disappointing. Similarly, the 4th generation butterfly keyboard is onboard, which would be a step back from the scissor switches that Apple has introduced to its recent MacBook Air and MacBook Pro refreshes.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-31 (Update: 2020-07-31)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.