Apple’s First ARM-Based Macs Could Debut in Late 2020: Kuo

Accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting the company’s first ARM-based Macs could debut in late 2020 or early 2021.

According to the report shared by MacRumors, Kuo says the first ARM-based Macs will be the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and iMac, which will both come in a new design:

(1) ARM 13.3-inch MacBookPro:
The new model’s form factor design will be similar to that of the existing Intel 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌. Apple will discontinue the Intel 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ production after launching the ARM 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌.

(2) ARM iMac:
‌ARM‌ ‌iMac‌ will be equipped with the all-new form factor design and a 24- inch display. Apple will launch the refresh of existing Intel ‌iMac‌ in 3Q20 before launching the ‌ARM‌ ‌iMac‌.

Kuo says when a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with ARM processor releases, the Intel-powered predecessor will be discontinued. As for the iMac, Apple reportedly will refresh its existing Intel lineup before debuting an ARM-based model.

Back in March, Kuo similarly reported Apple would debut ARM-based Macs but in 2021, however, now he is noting a possible Q4 debut. Bloomberg back in April said ARM-based Macs are slated to debut in 2021 as well.

Apple is expected to announce details about ARM-based Macs tomorrow at its WWDC20 kickoff, with the special keynote slated for 10AM PT/1PM ET.