Apple is working on a new line of Macs with ARM processors, sources report to Macrumors. The new line is expected to appear in 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Though he also holds the last quarter of 2020 as a possible release moment for the new series.

The ARM processors could be a major cost saving for Apple, according to Kuo, leaving room to improve other hardware of future Macs. The ARM processors are relatively cheaper compared to the Intel processors Apple uses now.

Furthermore, Kuo predicted that ASMedia will become the new supplier of USB controllers for Apple. This would enable USB4 support for Macbooks. However, Kuo does not expect support for this type of USB in Macs before 2022.

New USB standard approaching

In March last year, the USB Promoter Group approved a new USB standard. USB4 should enable data transfer rates of 40 gigabits per second.

In addition, USB4 must be compatible with Thunderbolt 3, which should reduce the number of different peripheral cables, if implemented by manufacturers.