Kuo on Apple silicon Macs: 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air this year, 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros next year

In an historic day for the Mac, Apple last month announced it will transition the Mac to its world-class custom Apple silicon to deliver industry-leading performance and powerful new technologies. Developers have already begun updating their apps to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of Apple silicon in the Mac. This transition will also establish a common architecture across all Apple products, making it far easier for developers to write and optimize their apps for the entire ecosystem.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a brilliant Retina display with more than 4 million pixels and millions of colors, 500 nits of brightness, and support for the P3 wide color gamut.
Apple’s current 13-inch MacBook Pro

Tim Hardwick for MacRumors:

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a form factor similar to the current 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ could be the first Mac to get an Arm-based chip designed by Apple…

We predict that Apple will launch new MacBook models including the new 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ equipped with the ‌Apple Silicon‌ in 4Q20, the new ‌MacBook Air‌ equipped with the ‌Apple Silicon‌ in 4Q20 or 1Q21, and new 14- and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models equipped with the ‌Apple Silicon‌ and all-new form factor design in late 2Q21 or 3Q21. — TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

In the same report, Kuo predicts that MacBook shipments in 2020 are expected to increase to 16–17 million units. Kuo also said that under optimistic circumstances, if Apple lowered the price of the new ‌MacBook Air‌ to reflect a cost reduction, and if demand was high for the new 14-inch and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models, shipment volume could increase significantly next year to 18-20 million units.

MacDailyNews Take: Bring ’em on! Unlike Intel, we can’t wait to see the benchmarks!

3 Comments

  1. I would have done MacBook and MacBook Air before the end of this year. Both are focused on the “the lightest, most portable Mac” crowd. They are not very interested in performance which is the only real reason to pick a 13.3″ MacBook Pro over either of those other two.

    Apple should start out exceeding expectations. Make the MacBook and MacBook Air unbelievably fast. Blow people away. Make them have unimaginable battery life at the same time. Then move to the 13.3″ MacBook Pro in the first or second calendar quarter of 2021 with higher speed on everything (faster CPU clock rates, faster RAM, faster SSDs, more ports [TB4?], etc.) keeping people truly impressed. At about the same time do a general version of the Mac mini.

    Then in the fourth calendar quarter or 2021 move to the 16″ MacBook Pro and the iMac using the then current versions of the A-15 chips. (I expect there will be multiple versions of the A-series chips from now on: a version for phones, a version for tablets, a version for low end Macs, a version for mid range Macs, and eventually a version for the high end like the Mac Pro.)

    Finally in the first half of 2022 get to the iMac Pro then late, late 2022 do the Mac Pro with a screaming fast A-16 variant.

    Apple did say it will take two years. I fully expect it to be the summer of 2022 or late 2022 before Apple has a full line of Macs based on Apple Silicon.

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