The first ARM-based MacBook could start from just $ 799, Tip Tipster; MacBook Pro may come at a higher price
Apple may have been a brand name synonymous with the terms “premium” and “expensive,” but the company’s latest efforts have somewhat changed that perspective. With products like the 2020 iPhone SE and the iPad 7, it seems that Apple’s latest strategy is to provide inexpensive devices to customers, and the first ARM-based MacBook may also be easy on your wallet. Rumor has it that it starts from just $ 799, a tipster has also provided estimated pricing data for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Tipster claims he is not aware of exact prices, but reports that the ARM-based 13-inch MacBook Pro costs $ 1,099
Multiple reports of a 12-inch MacBook with a modified Apple chip have surfaced, one of which indicates that the machine’s silicon will use 12 cores and is expected to arrive in late 2020. Twitter user Komiya states that he doesn’t have exact pricing information right now, but claims that the first ARM-based MacBook will start from $ 799, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start from $ 1,099.
The cheapest Mac available from Apple is the 13-inch MacBook Air, which costs $ 999 ($ 899 if you’re a student). The ARM-based MacBook has a more powerful chip that is also energy efficient, while Apple can simultaneously offer it at a lower starting price, which should make it an extremely attractive product. If anyone believes this ARM-based MacBook may not be performing, they are in for a surprise.
$ 799 ~
MacBook Pro 13 “
$ 1099 ~
(* idk about the exact price) https://t.co/aypv0pZhGB
– Komiya (@komiya_kj) July 25, 2020
That’s because previously leaked A12Z Bionic scores on the Mac mini showed much higher results when the benchmarking app ran natively on the system instead of through Apple’s translation layer Rosetta 2, which was the reason behind the reduced performance. If the A12Z Bionic can achieve this result with eight cores, just imagine what a 12-core portable Mac can achieve?
Apple’s cheapest MacBook Pro costs $ 1,299 ($ 1,199 if you’re a student), and with the 13-inch ARM version reportedly going into production from the fourth quarter of 2020, we’re not sure what the strategy of the company will be with regard to the Intel powered versions. Whatever Apple’s plans for the future, we’ll find out in due course. As for a $ 799 ARM-based MacBook or even a $ 1,099 MacBook Pro; would you buy one if offered at such a price? Tell us in the comments.
News Source: Twitter (Komiya)