A rumor from Apple leaker iHacktu Pro (the tweet has since been deleted) and spotted by Apple Insider, claims Apple will debut a 12-inch MacBook powered by Apple Silicon at a special event on October 27, just weeks after it shows off the iPhone 12. While we've heard talk that the ARM-based device, which will allegedly pack a 5nm 12-core CPU, will be cheaper than Intel-based MacBooks, a new rumor claims it could be the cheapest MacBook yet.
- All the best Macs to buy this year
- Plus check out all the best cheap MacBook Pro deals
- MacBook Air 2020 vs MacBook Air 2019: is it worth an upgrade?
Then, according to another leaker, @komiya_kj, Apple’s 12-inch MacBook will feature a starting price of just $799 (around £617, AU$1,115), making it $200 cheaper than the current entry-level MacBook Air.
ARM MacBook$799~MacBook Pro 13”$1099~(*idk about the exact price) https://t.co/aypv0pZhGBJuly 25, 2020
The tipster also claims that Apple will release a MacBook Pro 13 running on its new ARM chipsets. The laptop, which will reportedly feature a Touch Bar and a cooling fan, will apparently cost around $1,099 (£848, AU$1,535).
Currently, Apple’s cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro model – which comes powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor - is priced at $1,299.
Although they look like cheaper than Intel-powered MacBooks, Apple’s ARM-based laptops look set to come out on top in the performance stakes.
Apple’s A12Z-powered Developer Transition Kit recently made an appearance on Geekbench 5, where the ARM machine supposedly achieved a score of around 800 on the single-core test, and around 2600 on multi-core, all while running through the Rosetta 2 emulation layer.
While we’re still yet to see the final performance of Apple’s ARM-based CPUs, these leaked scores are significant’y higher than those racked up by the ARM-based Surface Pro X, which uses the SQ1 chip co-developed by Microsoft and Qualcomm.
Sign up for Black Friday email alerts!
Get the hottest deals available in your inbox plus news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more from the TechRadar team.
Carly Page is a Freelance journalist, copywriter and editor specialising in Consumer/B2B technology. She has written for a range of titles including Computer Shopper, Expert Reviews, IT Pro, the Metro, PC Pro, TechRadar and Tes.