Apple orders 2.5 million ARM-based MacBook laptops in early 2021: report

Apple has reportedly placed its first production order for 2.5 million MacBook laptops powered by the supposed internal processor. Suppliers are urged to meet the requirements by early 2021. Much like the iPhone, Apple is looking to introduce in-house silicon CPUs on its line of MacBook laptops. A report suggests other internal processor-powered MacBook models could launch in the second quarter of next year. Apple is also hosting an event on November 10 where new MacBook models are expected.

As a reminder, Apple is expected to launch new MacBook laptops based on Apple Silicon at its event on November 10. Now a new report by Nikkei Asia notes that Apple has already asked suppliers to produce 2.5 million MacBook laptops introduced earlier this year with the new processor by early 2021. It also claims that the company will introduce new Apple Silicon models. MacBook in the second quarter of 2021.

The report suggests that initial production orders for the first MacBook laptops are equivalent to nearly 20% of total MacBook shipments for 2019, which amounted to 12.6 million units. Apple plans to replace Intel’s microprocessors with its own processor, which is said to be based on the company’s A14 Bionic SoC, which already powers the iPhone 12 series as well as the latest iPad Air models. The report says Apple is looking to stop relying on Intel altogether over the next two years.

The next Apple MacBook processors would be designed in-house but produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). They are made by TSMC’s 5 nanometer chip manufacturing technology.

Apple has also reportedly asked suppliers to produce more than 2 crore of iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and iPhone XR handsets from October through the end of the year for the holiday season and early next year. This is because iPhone 12 models are facing several supply and production issues due to the pandemic. The report says older iPhones produced after October won’t come with a charger or wired headphones. Additionally, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have reportedly reached end of life and will no longer be produced.

“It’s time for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max [to stop production]Nikkei Asia reported citing anonymous sources, adding that the two models “would affect sales of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. The source explained that the specifications of the iPhone 11 are different enough to avoid this problem.

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