The ARM MacBook is coming…

by birtanpublished on May 21, 2021

Big changes to the MacBook are coming the last big redesign we got for the MacBook Pro line was in 2016 but we really got that teaser of the future of MacBooks originally with the 2015 MacBook that was the first time a lot of people were hearing about us BC and I think the next big shift thanks to some leaks from Ming Chi quo and some of my own personal predictions is going to be the giant cumbersome of frustrating switch to arm CPUs that in the end you're gonna be glad we did let's begin so yeah there's a ton of benefits with Apple switching to arm CPUs between power efficiency getting more

Performance per dollar and also apples been crushing it with their internal CPU development team with the iPhones and the iPads it's crazy that you can get something like the a 12x out of an $800 iPad I just love imagining what that team could do if their budget was not you know $800 five point nine millimeter tablet and instead they could design a CPU that was way more power hungry and also the budget of the device was closer to $3,000 instead of you know 800 bucks so knowing what's possible with the lower power consumption the cheaper devices and the thinner devices imagine

What Apple could create with something the size of a 16 inch MacBook Pro if they got to design the CPUs themselves another great benefit of moving to their own custom CPUs is they don't have to try to schedule their hardware releases alongside when Intel comes out with new CPUs which is always kind of put the MacBook in this awkward is it a good time to buy or should I wait for the next gen one because for the past couple years we've had like MacBook Pro refreshes every six months sometimes less just because Apple's trying to keep up with the different GPUs and CPUs

Coming out by third parties in Intel is sort of stagnating and the CPU development as well so a lot of people just want them to go straight to AMD but I think they're not because Apple wants to move to their own architecture that way they can more consistently drop new MacBook Pros and they don't have to do it every six months and the launches of new MacBook Pros would likely be very similar to that of new iPhones and iPads you know once every 12 months they can swap out the old CPU with a new one of course designed in-house but I'm sure while I'm listing all these positives

You're already down in the comments describing all the negatives thank you pessimistic Internet if Apple listened to you guys we'd still rock and CD drives right now and I'm not joking about that whenever I bring up any old legacy standard or old Universal ports that everyone used to have and now we're getting angry that Apple's moving away from it you're always angry for a few years and then about five years into the transition you've pretty much forgotten the transition ever took place and you're not benefiting from that transition that major tech companies got

People to move along with yes it's annoying yes it's frustrating but a huge downside that a lot of people are gonna bring up whenever Apple starts introducing their Armagh Mac is losing a ton of software support because this requires a completely different architecture of coding the one that all Macs are using right now with their Intel CPUs is called x86 and those types of apps in programs are not easily transferable to an ARM architecture which is why there's a lot of apps that work fluently on the Mac but not so much on the iPad and they have to be

Redesigned very heavily and also vice versa project catalyst is trying to help developers with that so they can kind of transfer over iPad apps to the Mac but of course lots and lots of third-party apps that we're all accustomed to using are probably gonna take their sweet time on this transition Apple is not the only company doing this though so don't act like this is just an Apple thing so that they can make their Macs more like iPads and the rest of the industry thinks this is a horrible idea no there are lots of other companies switching to arm one of which that beat Apple to the punch was

Microsoft with the surface pro X they're already running a version of Windows 10 that supports the ARM architecture and it can run old x86 apps but it requires an emulation which microsoft claims doesn't come at much hurt of the performance but with any emulator you're probably not going to get as greatest performance as if you were actually just running it without an emulation and because Apple has never brought this up on stage but it's kind of been an open rumor for years now I remember reading reports that Apple wanted to switch to their own custom CPUs way back in 2017

And even those reports were referencing 20/20 so the reason I bring this up and the reason I cite quo saying that 2020 is gonna be the first year we get an arm Mac which will more than likely be running some modified version of Mac OS I bring this up because they've been pretty consistent with the leaks you know ever since I've heard this report they've all been saying they want to make this switch in 2020 and if you've been listening to my podcasts or watching my twitch stream for a long time you know that I've always said new MacBooks especially big

Changes to ones almost never come out in the beginning of the year so when these leakers are saying 2020 that more than likely means the end of the year near October probably and now that's what we're hearing from Kuo is that yes they're still on track that they're on track to deliver the first arm MacBook at the end of this year now the important thing to note here is he does not specify if it's a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air so that's the big thing I want you guys to get precise about this transition of architecture does not happen overnight this is a very very

Slow transition they're gonna take years to get the rest of the Mac lineup on board with and they're probably gonna have a few years of hybrid computers that kind of run both so again we don't know for sure if Apple's gonna be trying to do some type of x86 apps emulation on their Macs that would definitely help with adoption if they were willing to do it but of course if you provide that option for emulation it kind of puts the third parties at ease and they say well cool we don't have to optimize our app for ARM architecture we can just let the new Mac run its emulators and we'll just

Keep doing what we're doing but apples kind of known for being the company that doesn't like letting those third parties rest and letting those third parties you know you can adopt Bluetooth you can adopt USBC just whatever you feel like it will slap an old USB port on there just so that you can use your old ports when you're ready no that's not Apple Apple's the company that says future here get over it and if you don't like it don't buy the new product that's how they handled the headphone jack that's how they handle the mac books that's how they handle you know the CD drive and

You know they may sell $100 accessory so you can still technically play CDs or DVDs but you know not that many people are gonna buy it and third parties know very quickly shoot we we better move on so that's what makes me think Apple might not support emulation at first maybe if there's not enough adoption they will bring that out via software update later but point being I think the arm MacBook is going to be return of just the standard MacBook line it's not going to be an heir or a pro some people like the simplicity of the lineup right now but we had that 12-inch MacBook for

Years and arm would make a total amount of sense on a design like that super thin super light but it all came at the cost of performance the 12-inch MacBook from a design standpoint was insanely cool it didn't have fans in it they had to redesign batteries in a lot of ways to get them to fit inside a top that thin in light they went all in on us BC which was very new at the time they unveiled it but of course no one really liked it that much because when you don't have fans to cool down our hotter dated design to CPUs then yeah you can't really get much performance

Out of it so it's a very expensive laptop that can't really work that hard so that's where arm can showcase itself best and it also makes sense given the people who probably would buy something like a 12-inch MacBook are more than likely doing light forms of work they're not necessarily needing super powerful GPUs or CPUs they're just using it for you know basic laptop stuff so like transitioning people who are buying that laptop into a heavily modified version of Mac OS that only supports ARM architecture apps that's probably a soft way to start the transition it's gonna

Start with this smaller end laptop but I think when they unveil that Apple's going to let developers know hey this is where we're moving you better start adapting pretty quick then yes this is going to affect things like boot camp and at first it might be hard to get people like Adobe to get onboard with it but my point is with Microsoft showcasing that they're willing to start making their way towards the switch as well as Apple which has been reportedly working on this for years third parties are going to have to catch up and the transition process is going to be

Awkward it's gonna be weird a lot of you are probably gonna get annoyed that you can't play Minecraft on it I know right if you're spending a thousand dollars on a machine to play Minecraft it probably shouldn't be a Mac which is weird because Steve Jobs when he founded Apple literally said I want to make a two thousand dollar Minecraft machine and this is disregarding that it's very frustrating I get it but in time like I brought up at the beginning of this video the transition will take a few years it'll be a long time before Apple converts their entire lineup of Macs

Over to arm probably the Mac Pro being the last one they're gonna start out with this smaller low-end MacBook but it's got something like an a 13 X chip in it and it's gonna be really really powerful it really really fast it's just gonna be limited by software and then as more developers start switching over that's when they bring arm to the MacBook Air and eventually the MacBook Pro a couple years down the road eventually start bringing it to the desktop lineup and this is how you're gonna be able to maximize performance and power consumption but yes the

Software limitations are going to be there for a while people are going to be annoyed by them because there's more than like we gonna be some handy features to our MacBooks are gonna have maybe some that Apple has been pocketing for a long time like what if the first arm MacBook has things like face ID and it has cellular support you know the iPad can do that maybe because of its power efficiency with the CPUs so why not bring that to the MacBook as well if they showcase the first 12-inch arm MacBook with face ID and cellular support a lot of people

Will be like hey when is that coming to the rest of the Mac so yeah there will be some frustration along with it if you need that legacy software support pretty much just hang on to your old laptops for a while but like any standard Apple chooses to adopt – you're gonna hate it at first and then five years from now you're gonna be utilizing it you're gonna be reaping all the benefits and you're not even gonna remember that you hated it before that's simply how this works and that's how I see the Mac lineup going and with Kuo saying there supposed to be a drastic redesign to the

MacBook line next year that's when I'm anticipating they're gonna take what they learn from this super portable ultra-thin ultra light or Mac and bring it to the rest of their lineup but what do you guys think is gonna happen feel free to hit me up over on Twitter join my discord and we can bicker more about the future of the Minecraft machines and how is it gonna get a slow fee button this is your Apple sheep here I'll see you in the next one

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