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Apple get a serious drop, and we can't wait

is shaking up its macOS devices this year. The Californian company has already confirmed plans to introduce its own custom-designed processors, like those inside the iPhone, iPad, and Watch, to Mac computers for the first time this year. These chipsets are expected to enable the company to dramatically boost performance and battery life as well as allowing iPad and iPhone apps to run natively on Macs for the first time.

And there be another benefit from the switch away from Intel chipsets, which are currently found in every Mac sold by . According to a rumour from renown tipster @komiya_kj, the first batch of Silicon-powered Macs be the most affordable in years.

According to the latest leak, a new version of the 12-inch , which was discontinued last year, powered by a 12-core CPU custom-designed by will be unveiled during a hardware event on October 27, 2020. And sources speaking to @komiya_kj suggest the new 12-inch will start from $ 799, or £610 converted.

For context, that rumoured starting is $ 200 less than the current cost of an entry-level Air – and $ 100 less than the of a Air with education discount applied for students (the most affordable option in the Store right now).

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In other words, if this rumours turns out to be accurate – it will be the most affordable laptop has launched in years.

However, it’s not unprecedented. Back in 2010, offered an entry-level laptop – also known as the “” – from £849. Meanwhile, the 13-inch Pro started from £999 (£1,499 for the 15-inch model) and the then-newly-launched Air started from £1,174. And, like today, the Cupertino-based company offered additional discount for those in education on-top of those s.

With increased competition from affordable alternatives, like Chromebooks – which offer access to web apps and come without a number of the risks associated with traditional desktop operating systems like macOS and Windows 10 such as malware attacks and lengthy software updates, it would make sense for to lower the barrier of entry to its Mac computers.

Not only that, but a more affordable tag also make it easier for customers to stomach the unpredictable switch to -designed chipsets.

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After all, this transition is not going to be without its upsets. While it might sound simple – ping an chip into the next laptop instead of an Intel-branded one – this move will be anything but. The move to custom-designed silicon will have huge consequences for compatibility with existing software, accessories and more. Developers will need to support this new system architecture, which means some pretty drastic rewrites to some of your favourite apps – from Google Chrome to Photoshop, to take full advantage of the potential performance gains.

During its annual developer conference, WWDC, confirmed that a number of prominent developers were already onboard and working to redesign their apps to work natively on -designed Silicon. A Mac Mini powered by an iPad Pro chipset was also made available to developers after the conference to allow app creators to test their software on the new silicon.

Source Daily Express :: Tech Feed

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