Your MacBook is history.
That was more or less the message from Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, when speaking at the WWDC in June about Apple’s transition away from the Intel-based MacBook — the Mac architecture the world has been using since 2006.
Srouji called the Mac transition to Apple silicon a “huge leap forward.”
Apple’s goal, according to Srouji, is to deliver “a much higher level of performance while at the same time consuming less power.”
Apple’s GPU (graphics processor) may be the most game-changing piece of silicon. It will “bring a whole new level of graphics performance, making the Macs even better for core applications and really great for gaming,” Srouji said.
Here’s what to expect — based on forecasts* as of summer 2020:
13-inch MacBook Pro 2020-2021: late 2020 or early 2021. This may have a similar physical design to the current 13-inch MacBook Pro but with new internals, i.e., Apple’s new silicon. This would reportedly be the first MacBook to get Apple’s new A Series processors designed specifically for the Mac. The MBP 13 will go into mass production in the fourth quarter of this year, according to reports.
MacBook Air 2o2o or 2021: late 2020 or early 2021. The MBA may stand to benefit the most from the new Apple silicon because it’s the thinnest and lightest MacBook and has not been a good fit for Intel processors (based on my experience of owning many MacBook Air models as well as 12-inch MacBooks over the years).
14-inch MacBook Pro: by third quarter 2021. This would boast a a mini-LED display and an “all-new form factor” and be Apple’s first 14-inch MBP.
16-inch MacBook Pro: by third quarter 2021. Also, with mini-LED display and also, reportedly, with an all-new design. That said, other rumors have claimed an updated 16-inch MacBook Pro would arrive in October or November of this year. Both could happen.
*Based on various reports including MacRumors citing analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.