Updated on 30 July. Article originally posted on 28 July.
The latest documents filed by Apple confirm that a new MacBook is on its way, thanks to the certification of a new laptop battery. Now the question is if Gkaty should be ready to accept a tweak for the current laptop, or be excited for the first Mac machine with an ARM processor.
July 30 update: By pointing to MacOS on ARM hardware that offers battery certification, we now have the first clue to the price of radical laptops. Detailed Noted Apple leaker comes from Komia_kj In response to a question about the price of the first consumer MacOS on ARM hardware:
“ARM MacBook around $ 799; MacBook Pro 13” around $ 1099. (I don’t know the exact price) “
It is worth noting that these prices are significantly lower than the current Intel MacBook Air ($ 999) and MacBook Pro ($ 1299). If the prices are accurate (and Tanmay-Shimura applies Here), then we can only see how much it is costing to save the move of ARM.
Information about the new battery comes with Apple’s China (3C) and Denmark (UL Demco) officials covering the new device with a 49.9 watt-hour battery. The big giveaway is that the trademark owner is listed as Apple.
Although it does not say ‘this is a new MacBook’ it is possible to extrapolate from the data here and the currently released Apple hardware, and get an answer. Chance Miller goes to Colombo:
“The 4,380mAh battery listed in this filing is relatively small in terms of Mac but it may be destined for the MacBook Air. For example, the 16-inch MacBook Pro has an 8,000mAh battery. The 13-inch MacBook Air has a battery of about 5,100mAh. The wattage listed here is also interesting. The filing shows that the Mac is under consideration as a 49.9-watt battery, similar to the 13-inch MacBook Air and less than the 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. “
The simplest answer (‘Another MacBook Air is coming’) is also the best answer. Not because of regular special updates to the venerable Ultrabook line, as it did four months ago. But because if it is a lightweight MacOS laptop, it is visible when Apple’s Intel-powered portfolio is too fresh.
In which case the suspicion shifts away from the Intel line on Apple’s new adventure with MacOS on ARM. Developers currently have access to the Mac Mini style developer Transition Kit on loan from Apple, but the first consumer MacOS on an ARM device is expected to be both a laptop and here by the end of the year.
Could this be the first ARM laptop? This makes more sense than the March redesign of the MacBook Air. The small capacity of the battery may be indicative of a machine smaller than the existing air. Tim Cook and his team can decide that it does not want to disrupt the current market balance in any major way; Meaning the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro brands will not be relegated to the bleeding edge of the ARM revolution.
In which case, we can see the return of the single moniker. The new and revolutionary MacBook may just be… ‘MacBook’.
Now read about the balancing act that Apple needed to support old Mac customers…