MacBook Arm 2020: Release date, price, specs and design

MacBook Arm 2020: Release date, price, specs and design

A close up look at the reflective Apple logo on the back of a 2018 MacBook Pro.

The first Mac with Apple Silicon is expected to arrive before the end of the year, but new reports suggest the MacBook Arm 2020 won’t launch alongside the iPhone 12 and will instead debut at its own event in November. 

This report comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who said, “The first Mac laptop with Apple’s own processor, among other products, will emerge at another launch in November.”

Rumours suggest this mystery MacBook Arm 2020 device could be a new 12-inch laptop, not too dissimilar to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go. Other sources have claimed Apple’s more likely to announce refreshed versions of the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, but featuring Apple Silicon rather than an Intel or AMD processor.

While Apple is yet to offer any details on its upcoming MacBook, existing laptops that use Arm processor architecture (such as Samsung’s Galaxy Book S) show that benefits can include thinner and lighter designs, as well as improved battery efficiency.

The transition to Arm will also allow Apple to establish a common architecture across the rest of its product line, including the iPhone and the iPad, making it easier for developers to create software that works across the entire ecosystem. In fact, the iPad Pro is already powered by the A12Z Bionic that MacOS Big Sur was demoed on at WWDC. The new OS promises to make the move to Apple Silicon seamless for the MacBook, with all Apple apps already running as native on the SoC.

Read on for everything we know on the rumoured MacBook Arm 2020, and stick to Trusted Reviews for future updates.

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MacBook ARM 2020 release date – When will it launch?

The MacBook Arm 2020 is expected to launch in November, according to Bloomberg, as Apple looks set to host a showcase dedicated entirely to the new MacBook range. A release date will likely be scheduled for the same month.

This means it’s unlikely that the new MacBook will make an appearance during tomorrow’s iPhone 12 launch, although don’t rule out a cheeky hint at the upcoming MacBook announcements.

Many more MacBook ARM devices are expected to follow, with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumours) suggesting an ARM-based MacBook Air will launch in in Q4 2020 or Q1 2021, and new new 14- and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models will hit stores in Q2 2021 or Q3 2021.

Apple plans to transition the entire Mac line to the Apple Silicon over the next two years, though it has clarified it will continue to support existing Intel machines for the foreseeable future.

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MacBook ARM 2020 price – How much will it cost?

There is no price yet, and we won’t likely hear more until we approach the release day.

We expect the first MacBook Arm to be either a 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Air, so we’re estimating a figure around £999.

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MacBook ARM 2020 specs – What is the ARM MacBook?

The MacBook Arm 2020 is a new laptop from Apple that features an Arm-based processor rather than the traditional x86 CPU architecture.

The likes of Samsung, Lenovo and Microsoft have already experimented with Arm architecture, with their systems benefitting from increased battery life, ultra-portable designs and sometimes 4G support.

However, Apple’s chip may have some notable differences. Bloomberg reports that TSMC will manufacture a new 5-nanometer process on Apple’s behalf, following the same technique that the current iPhone and iPad devices use. The Apple silicon will make it easier for developers to transition iOS apps over to macOS, with Apple showing Monument Valley 2 running on a Mac for the first time.

Renowned leaker Komiya (via NotebookCheck) claims Apple will launch two Apple Silicon processors this year, with one featuring 8 cores and the other seeing 12. This lines up with previous reports from MacRumours, which claimed an A14X processor codenamed ‘Tonga’ will feature 12 cores made up of eight high-performance cores and eight-energy efficient cores.


Apple has suggested its own ARM-based processors will be more power efficient than the current Intel Core processors, which could potentially result in improved battery life. Reports have suggested the new MacBook Arm could see a battery life around 15 and 20 hours.

It’s hard to know at this stage how the performance will compare to the likes of Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000, but Apple seems confident its new devices will be competitive.

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MacBook ARM 2020 design – What will it look like?

Reports are few and far between regarding a new MacBook design. However, ARM architecture allows for thinner and lighter designs than previous MacBook laptops. 

We expect the rumoured ARM-based 13-inch MacBook Pro to be thinner and lighter than the current Intel model, although we’ll have to wait and see whether that becomes a reality. We also expect Apple to stick to the new trend of shaving down the bezel for an almost edge-to-edge screen design.

Otherwise, we don’t think there will be many huge deviations from current MacBook designs, but it’s hard to know for sure with Apple.

For more news and rumours about the MacBook Arm 2020, stick to Trusted Reviews.

Should you wait for MacBook Arm 2020?

If you’re planning on buying a new MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro, then we definitely recommend you waiting until November to see what Apple has in store.

The upcoming MacBook Arm 2020 could feature a revolutionary new design that’s more portable than any previous Apple laptop, while the rumoured 15-20 hour battery life will be a significant upgrade on the current MacBooks.

However, if you need a more powerful laptop and have your eyes set on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, then you’ll likely have to wait until 2021 at the absolute earliest for the Apple Silicon refresh. That’s a long time to wait for a new laptop, so it’s understandable if you simply can’t wait. The existing 16-inch MacBook Pro is a fantastic device with oodles of power and a gorgeous edge-to-edge screen, and Apple has promised to support the Intel-based machine for the foreseeable future, so it’s still a brilliant buy.

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