Apple has sent us a digital invitation to an upcoming virtual launch event on November 10, which almost guarantees that the company’s latest unveiling will be a new bundle of MacBooks – perhaps even the long-awaited 12-inch variant with ARM processor.
The invitation, which cryptically begins with the classic Jobs quote “one more thing”, has limited other information, apart from the date and time it will all take place: November 10, at 19:00.
Given that the new iPhone 12The series has already been announced, and the rumor mill has been very busy with the new 12-inch MacBook lately, so there is a lot to suggest that this is the news we have all been waiting for. But, of course, it can also be an event on the occasion of something completely new and unknown – AirTags, for example, which has long been rumored.
Will we finally get an ARM-based MacBook?
Apple has already said on several occasions that their MacBooks will be moving away from Intel, and that these will switch to self-produced silicon based on ARM architecture. Much has been said about ARM processors in recent years, especially since slightly larger devices are starting to use RISC CPUs, such as Windows 10 systems such as Lenovo Flex 5G.
The ARM architecture has mostly been based on mobile devices, and has served as the main part of a wealth of mobile phones and tablets in recent years, so the main focus has often been energy efficiency, while they have traditionally not had as high performance as CPUs from, for example, Intel and AMD.
Apple’s transition to ARM can change this by putting enormous resources and expertise behind the development of an even more capable processor that is simultaneously designed for power efficiency and lightweight and portable devices.
Since ARM systems we have seen from other manufacturers have been promising – but have not quite managed to be competitive – Apple’s investment in ARM can be revolutionary in the CPU world. If they manage the fires, and make a competitive processor, this can mean one far lower price for MacBooks across the entire performance spectrum, which in itself will be a big win for Apple.
It remains to be seen how successful Apple will be with its first ARM attempt, but it is worth hoping that we get a good impression of MacBook’s future next week.
The One More Thing event may also include the revelation of something we have heard rumors about for years, namely AirTags. These are Tile-like accessories that you can attach to various objects, so you can track them via Apple devices.
We expected these tracking devices to come out earlier this year, given that references to AirTags appeared in iOS 14 code a while ago, but when both the event that unveiled the Apple Watch 6 and the event that unveiled the iPhone 12 in October came and went without AirTags being mentioned, we figured that Apple would wait with the innovation until next year. The One More Thing event will in all likelihood be the last chance to unveil AirTags for Apple.
Although the main draw during the event will potentially be the ARM-based MacBook, AirTags can still be thrown in as a bonus. No matter what Apple has planned, we’ll find out next week.