First Apple silicon Mac could debut on Nov. 17

Macbook Pro Retina 15inch. Photo: Josh Valcarcel

Apple is reportedly readying a special event for November that will deliver word of the company’s first Apple silicon Macs, according to prolific leaker Jon Prosser.

Without citing sources, Prosser on Thursday said the upcoming special event will concentrate on “ARM Mac” devices, more commonly known as Apple silicon Macs.

“To confirm, there IS a November ARM Mac event,” Prosser said in a tweet. “I’m hearing November 17th.”

The post seconds predictions first aired by Bloomberg last week. That report claimed Apple plans to unveil its first Apple silicon Mac alongside “other products” at an event in November, suggesting the computer is to be joined by refreshes to existing Intel-based lines. Apple previously confirmed that it would continue to rely on Intel processors as it transitions to its own chips.

It remains unclear as to which Mac model will be first to get the Apple silicon treatment. Rumors in June claimed Apple plans to revive the 12-inch MacBook with an “A14X” processor. A report from the China Times in August said the machine will boast a custom GPU, USB-C connectivity, weigh less than 1kg and net between 15 and 20 hours of battery life. Cellular 5G connectivity is also rumored for integration.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a solid track record in predicting Apple product launches, in July presented a timeline that pegged both a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and revamped MacBook Air to take on Apple’s custom chips in the fourth quarter of 2020. Those are expected to be followed by 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and an all-new form factor device in the second or third quarter of 2021, Kuo said.

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