Apple’s rumored ARM transition could start with a revival of the 12-inch MacBook

As suggested by a list of upcoming Apple products that the increasingly reliable Twitter leaker @L0vetodream has shared back in March, the rumored transition to ARM-based CPU technology for Mac computers could kick off with a revived twelve-inch MacBook notebook.

Replacing Intel’s notebook processors with its own chips based on ARM technology from British fabless semiconductor maker ARM Holdings would benefit Apple on many levels. ARM technology, which is is at the heart of Apple’s A-series processors in iOS devices, is the most widely used mobile technology thanks to its unrivaled power efficiency.

Creating an ARM-based notebook chip would free Apple of Intel’s increasingly unreliable roadmaps, allowing it to refresh Mac computers on a regular basis. It would also permit the company to engineer thinner notebooks with batteries that last much longer.

According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could pay 40-60 percent less for the CPU by switching away from Intel. In his mind, ARM technology would help boost Mac sales from about twenty million units per annum currently to as many as thirty million annual units.

Kuo is expecting first ARM-based Mac machines later in 2020 or in 2021.

The twelve-inch MacBook was discontinued last summer when Apple introduced an updated MacBook Air with the Retina display, which was a step in the right direction considering the twelve-inch notebook was already underpowered and outdated at the time.

An ARM-based twelve-inch MacBook appears on @L0vetodream’s list of products that Apple is allegedly working on, which it shared on March 12.

Other mentioned products include third-generation AirPods, an inexpensive iPad with an A12 Bionic chip, a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, new iMac models, a new Apple TV, a smaller HomePod, a single-device wireless charging pad, iPhones with smaller notches and so-called “AirPods X” headphones that fellow leaker Jon Prosser mentioned earlier this month.