One of Apple’s first ARM-powered notebooks could be a 12-inch MacBook with butterfly keyboard, according to one tipster. The entry-level machine could sell for just $849 with 256GB storage as standard.
Other specifications are said to include up to 20 hours of battery life in between charges, up to 16GB of RAM, and a single USB-C port.
Long before Apple confirmed its plans to switch from Intel to its own Apple Silicon chips, rumors predicted one of its first ARM machines would be an entry-level MacBook with a more affordable price tag.
Some said the device might sell for as little as $799, while the latest claims from tipster Komiya say we can expect to pay around $50 more. But we’ll get plenty for our money.
12-inch ARM MacBook could cost $849
Komiya says the new 12-inch MacBook will feature 8GB to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage (with 256GB as standard), and 15-20 hours of battery life. The device might also get a 720p FaceTime HD camera.
The machine is expected to use a single USB-C port for connectivity and could weigh around two pounds. Komiya also says that the device will carry a fourth-generation butterfly keyboard.
12” Retina Display
15hr~20hr battery life
720p Facetime HD Camera
Single USB-C port
About 2 ponds
4th gen Butterfly Keyboard
$849~(For Students: $799~)
— Komiya (@komiya_kj) August 29, 2020
Aside from just one USB-C port, it seems the big complaint fans might have with this MacBook is its keyboard. Butterfly keys are universally loathed by anyone who’s used them in previous models.
Apple has now eradicated butterfly keys from its other notebook computers, replacing it with the new (and beloved) Magic Keyboard.
Coming in 2020?
Komiya doesn’t mention when the new MacBook might appear, but others have predicted it will be one of Apple’s first ARM machines, which are expected to start rolling out before the end of the year.
While most of us will be expected to pay $849 for the device, students and others in education could get a $50 discount.
We must point out that we cannot verify Komiya’s claims at this time, and as far as we can tell, this particular source has very little in the way of a solid track record up to this point.
With that said, read into these claims what you will.