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MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air with ARM processors to enter mass production in Q4 2020; ARM-powered MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 joining in mid-2021

Four ARM MacBooks may enter mass production within a year. (Image source: Apple)
Four ARM MacBooks may enter mass production within a year. (Image source: Apple)
Rumour has it that Apple is planning to replace its entire MacBook product stack with ARM models within a year. Apparently, a MacBook Pro 13 with ARM silicon is arriving before the end of this year, which will be swiftly followed by an ARM MacBook Air. 14-inch and 16-inch ARM MacBook Pro models will then arrive by Q3 2021 at the latest.
Alex Alderson,

A seemingly outlandish rumour has emerged concerning Apple's transition away from Intel processors. According to MacRumors, the well-known Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is planning to replace all its Intel laptops with ARM ones within a year. Specifically, three MacBook Pros are apparently planned, as is a new MacBook Air.

MacRumors cites a research note with TF International Securities, in which Kuo states that he expects an ARM-based MacBook Pro 13 to enter mass production in Q4 2020. Apple will then begin producing a new MacBook Air in the same quarter, or by Q1 2021 at the latest. Kuo does not offer any release dates for these products, but he apparently expects Apple to be producing ARM-based "14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models" by late Q2 2021 or Q3 2021. These will feature an "all-new form factor", too. Strictly speaking, that statement can only apply to the MacBook Pro 16 as Apple is yet to release a 14-inch model.

Regardless, that timeline would see Apple replacing its entire MacBook product stack in four quarters at the longest. It is unclear when these 14- and 16-inch models would arrive, but @lab_finder suggests that MiniLED versions of both will arrive in "April or May" 2021. Kuo may not always be on the money, but the report clearly signals Apple's intent to move away from Intel and onto ARM processors as soon as possible.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-10 (Update: 2020-07-10)
Alex Alderson
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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.