The World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018 is almost here and Apple is expected to be making some major announcements about its future plans with the iPhone, iPad and the MacBook as well as showcase new software and technology. And as we’ve come to learn, with big announcements come big speculations.
One such speculation coming from 9to5Mac states that Apple will be making an ARM-based MacBook for touchscreen and LTE support. According to their report, the project codenamed as ‘Star’ will be the first iOS based MacBook with an ARM processor that will come equipped with a SIM card slot. It also mentioned that the product with the model number ‘N84’ is already in prototype stage and was manufactured back in January 2018, with few models being sent to the Cupertino headquarter for testing. These prototypes are being manufactured by Pegatron, the company that also produces other Apple products.
The features mentioned by the report incluce touchscreen capability, a SIM card slot, GPS, compass and very interestingly, water resistance capability. The device is also claimed to have EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface), a boot firmware used by Macs, which is what lead to the conclusion that this device will be a MacBook.
The launch for this hybrid device is expected to be as soon as 2020 and it has already been classified in a device family that runs a derivative of iOS.