Many are undoubtedly eagerly anticipating Apple’s new lineup of Mac computers powered by its custom Apple silicon chipsets. The good news is that we’re now inching closer towards that becoming a reality because according to a report from DigiTimes (paywall), it seems that TSMC is expected to begin production of these chipsets in Q4 2020.
This lines up nicely with Apple’s previous claims in which they stated that the first Apple silicon Mac computers will be launching by the end of the year. While we’re not sure which chipsets will be the debut chipset, benchmarks based on the ARM-powered Mac Mini are showing great signs of promise, so it will be interesting to see how the actual chipset will perform, and if there is potential for it to overtake Intel and be used in a professional setting.
Apple is expected to ease into this as the company has stated that the complete transition to Apple silicons will take place over a two year period. According to the rumors, Apple could actually be kicking things off by reviving the 12-inch MacBook which will be the first commercially available Mac computer to be powered by the new hardware.
However, like we said, what would be more interesting is to see if Apple’s technology has what it takes to make a pro-level chipset that would be able to rival the performance of its higher-end computers like the MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, and the Mac Pro.