There have been ongoing rumors of a new Apple computer with an Apple-designed processor for months, if not years. Given the speed and power management offered up by iPhones and iPads, it makes tons of sense. But when?

According to a new Ming-Chi Kuo research note picked up by MacRumors, it’ll be during the first half of 2021.

While there are no concrete details shared by the analyst, it’s good news to finally have a timeframe on something that we’ve been hoping for for a long, long time. Intel’s processors suffer from heat and speed issues in notebooks in particular, so the 12-inch MacBook and other smaller notebooks will benefit greatly.

Of course, moving the Mac to ARM processors has one big advantage. All of Apple’s platforms will then be able to run the same apps, something Apple is clearly trying to make possible with macOS Catalina and Catalyst.

The timeframe provided by Kuo came almost in passing, as he discussed a new 5nm process for Apple-designed processors.

We expect that Apple’s new products in 12-18 months will adopt processors made by 5nm process, including the new 2H20 5G iPhone, new 2H20 iPad equipped with mini LED, and new 1H21 Mac equipped with the own-design processor. We think that iPhone 5G support, ‌iPad‌’s adoption of innovative mid-size panel technology, and Mac’s first adoption of the own-design processor are all Apple’s critical product and technology strategies. Given that the processor is the core component of new products, we believe that Apple had increased 5nm-related investments after the epidemic outbreak. Further, Apple occupying more resources of related suppliers will hinder competitors’ developments.

Apple has long wished to be in control of all aspects of its devices, and processors are just another step in that process. Current iPad Pro tablets already best most notebooks when it comes to performance, so there are absolutely no concerns on that front.

Roll on H1 2021!

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