Apple to launch 12-inch MacBook with A14X chip in 2020, followed by custom Apple Silicon GPU iMac in 2021

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China Times reports today that Apple is developing a custom made GPU using Apple Silicon codenamed “Lifuka” that will debut in a brand new iMac in the 2nd half of 2021, per the report:

In the past, Apple introduced Mac personal computers with Intel CPUs, equipped with Huida or AMD GPUs, but industry insiders pointed out that Apple has canceled support for AMD GPUs in the macOS Arm 64-bit operating system, indicating that Apple will be adopted in the future. Silicon’s Mac personal computers may use a GPU developed and designed by Apple. Recently, the industry has reported that in addition to Apple Silicon processors, Apple’s iMac desktops launched next year will also be equipped with self-developed and designed Apple GPUs.

According to relevant sources, Apple’s self-developed GPU is progressing smoothly. The research and development code is Lifuka. Like the upcoming A14X processor, it is produced using TSMC’s 5nm process. Apple has designed a series of processors for Mac personal computers. The new GPU will provide better performance per watt and higher computing performance. It has tile-based deferred rendering technology that allows application developers to write More powerful professional application software and game software.

The report also suggests that Apple is making a new 12-inch MacBook model featuring A14X Apple Silicon, it will weight less than 1KG with battery life of up 15-20 hours, all using a Retina Display.

Apple’s supply chain industry pointed out that by the end of this year, Apple is expected to launch a Macbook with a 12-inch Retina Display, using a self-developed and designed A14X processor. The processor is codenamed Tonga and supports a USB Type-C interface. Less than 1 kilogram, because of the low power consumption of the Arm architecture processor, the battery life of the new Macbook can reach 15 to 20 hours. The A14X processor will also be used in the new generation of iPad Pro tablets.

Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo reported that Apple is developing a Mac with custom made Apple SIlicon similar to the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Kuo could be referring to the Mac mentioned in today’s reports, or they could be two different models in their respective Mac family. At WWDC Apple announced a 2 year-long transition to custom made Apple Silicons moving away from Intel, CEO Tim Cook confirmed the first Mac with the Silicon will be out by this year.

Apple’s low-end MacBook which was discontinued in 2019 following the release of the revamped MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The lower-end model was most popular thanks to its thin design, however, after only 4 years Apple discontinued it. The empty slot in the Mac family may be a good chance for Apple to test the waters with its first Mac based on its own in-house chip.

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