Pegatron Will Allegedly Manufacture ARM-Based MacBook Codenamed ‘Star’: Report
A recent report suggests that Pegatron will manufacture an ARM-based MacBook. The alleged MacBook 2018 has a codename ‘Start’ and has a serial number N84.
The said report goes along with news of decreasing net profits of almost 50 percent in the Q1 of 2018 for Pegatron. Despite that, the Taiwanese-tech giant expects to get growth back on track during the third quarter which was “in line with the peak season” and inferring that the upcoming MacBook Pro 2018 or MacBook Air 2018 model could also be a factor into these estimates.
It can be recalled that in January, there was a report stating that Apple would launch a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook this year. It is supposed that the device will be released in second half of 2018, which would be the replacement for the MacBook Air.
After two months, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gave out a research note stating that the Cupertino-based tech giant has a “more inexpensive MacBook Air” set to be unveiled at some point in 2018. Nonetheless, Kuo didn’t offer any information on what the fans could anticipate in the upcoming MacBook Air aside from a lower price tag.
With these two speculations, it is now unclear if Apple is really planning to launch a new MacBook Pro 2018 or an inexpensive MacBook Air. Nevertheless, today’s report about the ARM-based architecture is suggesting for an upcoming MacBook model.
Gossips stating that Apple eventually plans to manufacture Macs powered by ARM-based processors have been whispered for some time. In fact, a report in September claimed that the Cupertino-based tech company would create notebook chips utilizing ARM Holding’s technology. This is a British company that designs ARM architecture and licenses these out to other firms.
Moreover, it is worth emphasizing that the basis behind the idea is that having an in-house ARM notebook chips would let Apple lessen its reliance on Intel. The ARM processors also need less power and a smaller number of transistors, allowing a smaller die size for the integrated circuit board.
As of now, Apple hasn’t confirmed anything about this rumor; thus, it is advised to take this information with skepticism. Always keep an eye for further details about the upcoming MacBook 2018!