Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is planning a fairly large transition within its notebook lineup. Kuo believes that Apple will be releasing Macbook models featuring Apple-designed processors either by late 2020, or early the following year in 2021.
This news was initially reported by MacRumors, who obtained research notes written by Kuo. In the report, Kuo claims that Apple is planning to move away fro utilizing Intel processors and will launch a new Macbook, or line of Macbooks with its own processors built-in. Kuo’s notes state that we should expect to see them released by the fourth quarter of 2020 or the first quarter of 2021.
Unfortunately, the notes did not specify whether Apple is only planning to release a new flagship Macbook Pro with the new processor, or will also launch a Macbook Air as well during that time. No further details were given.
This new report does line up with Kuo’s previous claim in that Apple is revving up to release its first Mac with an ARM-based processor in 2021. Although, again, no further details were shed on that project.
In addition to the new processor, it appears as though Apple does have plans to overhaul the design on the Macbook Pro and Air. This may include the long-rumoured scissor keyboard design. However, Kuo’s notes do indicate that those will be targeting a release in the third or fourth quarter of 2021.