New 12-inch MacBook could be Apple’s first ARM Mac
As we near WWDC, where Apple is expected to announce the transition from Intel to ARM-based Macs, a new post speculates about how the switch could look like, and how Apple’s first ARM-equipped Mac could be a refresh of the 12-inch MacBook, based on alleged supply chain sources.
According to Reddit user Fudge, the new machine would be the first out of Apple’s lineup to include an eight- to 12-core A14X chip “designed specifically for use as the primary processor in a Mac,” with the source also claiming development of a new butterfly keyboard system is underway, despite Apple switching from the butterfly keyboard design to the more reliable and traditional scissor-switch keyboard in recent releases.
Fudge also claims the new Mac could be the first Mac to sport cellular connectivity in the form of 5G support, following earlier reports that suggested we may see 5G Macs rolled out this year.
Detailing the rumored plans, Bloomberg claimed earlier in the month that Apple’s decision to switch to ARM-based processors was prompted by Intel’s slowing performance gains, with testing showing ARM offered big performance increases and boosted power efficiency.