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Details of Apple's secret ARM-based, touchscreen hybrid computer with LTE revealed

By Cookie Monster - on 27 May 2018, 2:00am

Details of Apple's secret ARM-based, touchscreen hybrid computer with LTE revealed

The MacBook Pro.

9to5Mac claims to have obtained exclusive information on an ARM-based, touchscreen hybrid computer with LTE which Apple is secretly developing. 

According to 9to5Mac's sources, the new device is codenamed Star and has the model number N84. The device is said to be in prototype stage at the moment with Pegatron manufacturing the prototypes and shipping to Cupertino for testing by Apple's employees. 

The source also shared some specs of the device which include a touchscreen, a SIM card slot, GPS, compass, water resistance, and the ability to run Extensive Firmware Interface (EFI) which is the boot system currently used by the Macs. The device also runs on a derivative of iOS. 

There have been extensive reports on Apple ditching Intel processors in favor of its own custom ARM-based chips for the Mac. Former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared in 2015 that Apple is planning such a move. 

In February 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple is developing its own chips for use with the MacBook laptops. Nikkei Asian Review followed up with another report in October 2017 that Apple wants to reduce its reliance on Intel for notebook chips and focus on ARM chips which are more power efficient. Early last month, Bloomberg claimed that Macs running on Apple's custom chips could arrive as early as 2020.

Source: 9to5Mac