Apple is holding a new digital event on November 17 to announce its first Apple Silicon-powered Macs, according to frequent leaker Jon Prosser.
Apple has already said that this year it intends to introduce the first Mac powered by an Apple Silicon chip instead of an Intel processor. One thing it has not revealed is the date it will be announced. According to Prosser’s source, this date is November 17th. “You should see this confirmed with a statement on Tuesday, November 10,” Prosser added in a follow-up tweet.
Another known unknown is which Mac model contains the first custom arm-based Mac processors. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has said it will be a notebook, but rumors have been in conflict as to whether it will be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Air or a revived 12-inch MacBook.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that 13-inch MacBook Pro and medMacBook Air will be updated with Apple Silicon chips by the end of 2020, while Chinese newspaper China Times claimed that the first Apple Silicon Mac will be a new variant of the 12-inch Retina MacBook, which weighs less than a kilo (2.2 lbs) and has a battery life of between 15 and 20 hours.
Whichever model comes first, rumors suggest that the A14X chip will be in the first Apple Silicon Mac. Apple’s first Mac processors are said to have 12 cores, including eight high-performance cores and at least four energy-efficient cores, according to Bloomberg. Apple is said to be exploring Mac processors with more than 12 cores for the future, with the company already designing a second generation of Mac processors based on the A15 chip.
You should see this confirmed with an announcement on Tuesday, November 10th. – onJon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 16, 2020
Finally, it is worth remembering that Prosser has been hit and missed with his recent Apple leaks, sometimes making exact claims and other times relying on misinformation from his sources or revising his predictions after that fact. However, Bloomberg has previously said that Apple plans to unveil Apple Silicon Macs in November, perhaps at a November event or via a press release, so that there may be content in Prosser’s latest claim.