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
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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