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

Apple has officially confirmed the MacBook Arm laptops, which turn out to be refreshed models of the MacBook Air 2020 and 13-inch MacBook Pro

Both laptops have been fitted with the M1 chip, which is the the very first Apple Silicon processor. Apple claims the new M1 chip offers better performance and battery life than the Intel processors previously found inside Macs.

Since the M1 processor is running on Arm architecture, it’s also more compatible with iOS apps, making it easier for developers to create software for both iPhones and Macs.

Unfortunately, the rumours of a new 12-inch MacBook look to be inaccurate, with the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro seeing identical designs to the previously launched Intel models. Although the new MacBook Air has at least been able to ditch the fan, making it noticeably more quiet than its predecessor.

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MacBook ARM 2020 release date – When will it launch?

Apple has revealed the both of the new MacBook Arm devices will be available to buy from 17 November, with preorders starting right now.

MacBook ARM 2020 price – How much will it cost?

The new MacBook Air is confirmed to cost just £999 ($999) which is the exact same price as the previous Intel mode.

Meanwhile, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop will be available from £1299 ($1299) and has replaced the entry-level Intel model. However, you can still buy high-end Intel configurations of the laptop, with prices starting at £1799.

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MacBook ARM 2020 specs – What is the ARM MacBook?

The MacBook Arm is the name given to the new generation of Apple laptops, featuring  new Arm-based processors 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, with a new 5-nanometer process 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.

Apple only revealed one laptop chip during its recent video showcase, and it’s called the Apple M1 processor. This chip will be included in the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini.

Apple claims this new processor ensures the new MacBook Air is 3.5x faster than the previous generation. What’s more, the integrated graphics is a whopping 5x faster, which means the laptop is capable of high performance tasks such as gaming and video editing.

In terms of battery life, Apple has suggested the MacBook Air will be able to last for up to 18 hours, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro is capable of surfing the web for 20 hours, which is comfortable the best battery life ever seen on a MacBook.

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MacBook ARM 2020 design – What will it look like?

The design is unfortunately one area that Apple didn’t improve during the refresh. That means the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro look identical to the Intel models that launched earlier this year.

Rumours had suggested Apple would squeeze down the bezel and reduce the screen size down to 12 inches, but that sadly hasn’t happened.

That said, the MacBook Air has no need for a fan, which means it’s significantly more quiet than previous models.

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Should you buy a MacBook Arm 2020?

Apple seems very confident that the new MacBook Arm laptops are significantly more powerful than the Intel models, while also boasting longer battery life. The new Apple Silicon models have replaced the Intel models on Apple’s store, although high-end Intel configurations are still available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

If Apple is to be believed, it’s an absolute no brainer to go for an Apple M1 configuration instead of an Intel Core MacBook, especially since they haven’t seen a price jump. But are the new improvements good enough to justify an upgrade from the 2020 Intel models? That’s a more difficult question to answer, so we’ll wait until we get to test these new laptops before delivering a final verdict.

Regardless, the new M1 Apple chip certainly points towards a very exciting future for Macs, and we can’t wait to see more Apple Silicon processors arrive on more Mac devices.