Leaker outlines possible ARM transition roadmap for Apple; ARM MacBook Pro 16 to arrive in 2021
If you are keen on an ARM-powered MacBook Pro 16, then you will be waiting until 2021 at the earliest. That is according to @komiya_kj, who has published a possible roadmap for Apple's transition to in-house processors. As we have previously covered, Apple is thought to be bringing ARM versions of the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro 13 to market before the end of the year. Apparently, these will arrive with the A14X Bionic chipset, a supercharged version of the A14 Bionic that is expected to power this year's iPhones.
@komiya_kj claims that Apple will follow the release of the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro 13 with a partial ARM refresh of the iMac and MacBook Pro 16 in 2021. By partial, we presume that @komiya_kj means that Apple will sell ARM and Intel-based versions of the devices side-by-side. The company will then cease to sell any Intel-powered MacBook Pro 16 or iMac machines come 2022, which is the same year that it will release ARM-powered versions of the iMac Pro and Mac Pro.
They also added that a new Mac Mini should arrive in "2021 or 2022", although no specific months have been offered. Apple has confirmed that it hopes to transition to ARM chips in two years and that the first example of its new approach would arrive before the end of the year. Rumour has it that the company will have a busy end to the year as it plans to unveil the iPhone 12 series, a new Apple Watch, a revised iPad and perhaps even the AirPower.