Apple had been rumoring for years about planning a transition from Intel-based Mac computers to ARM processors. After a long period of uncertainty, the firm eventually revealed at WWDC 2020 that it would move over the next two years to its own ARM-based Apple Silicon, although it did not specify precisely when the transition would begin.
A China Times report (via MacRumors) now indicates that the company will begin the transition by restoring its 12-inch MacBook, which has been dormant since Apple refreshed the device back in 2017. According to the article, the line is coming back, and it will be powered by Apple’s A14X processor, based on the Apple A14, which is supposed to be inside the iPhones this year. Moreover, the report also suggests that the code name of the 12-inch MacBook would be Tonga with less than a kilogram weight.
The Study makes sense in several ways. Using the Apple A14X line up with a report from earlier this year reported Apple was working on three chipsets in total for its Mac devices based on the Apple A14. It is also said that the A14X is inside the next-gen iPad Pro, and that’s a tactic that Apple has been using for some time now, where the iPad Pro has an upgraded version of the new iPhone processor.
But most rumors so far point to Apple launching the 13-inch MacBook Air instead of a new version. As described above, the 12-inch MacBook has been discontinued since 2017, and with the MacBook Air claim to fame being its weight, bringing back the standard MacBook as an ultra-light laptop probably wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
On the other hand, the report also suggests that next year Apple could release an ARM-based iMac, implying that Apple Silicon will replace not only Intel’s CPUs but also the AMD graphics usually found in the iMac.