The Looming ARM Macs in 2021

Ming-Chi Kuo, who is an excellent source on future Apple hardware,believes Apple will release ARM-based Macs in 2021. There are so many smoke-signals from Cupertino indicating that it is only a question of time before we ARM Macs. Just a few:

  1. Apple seems to have permanently dropped the “We Love Intel” segment from its Keynotes.

  2. The ARM-based chips are increasingly powerful. They benchmark against the MacBook Pro with comparable results. (Although that doesn’t mean they can drive the MacBook Pro.

  3. It just seems so un-Apple for them to buy chips from Intel when they make their own.

If we do get ARM Macs in the future, I’ll be super curious to see how it plays out? Will it just be a MacBook Air thing, or will it be across the line? Will they give developers plenty of notice, as they’ve done with past chip transitions, or will it just show up one day? If I had to bet on it, I’d say they will give advance notice (but not as much as in years past) and it will start just on the MacBook Air (or a new ultralight laptop). While it may not be a machine to do heavy work on, I imagine an ARM Mac would have crazy good battery life.z