Apple will launch Arm-based MacBook Air and Pro laptops at ‘One More Thing’ event

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Apple’s upcoming “One More Thing” event will be a major break with tradition in more ways than one: it will be the first time the company unveils an Apple laptop featuring its own custom Arm-based CPUs. Apple plans to debut three new laptops, one 13-inch MacBook Air and two different-sized MacBook Pro models (13-inches and 16-inches) that ditch Intel processors, as per a new report from Bloomberg. According to the report, a redesigned iMac, a new Mac mini, and a half-sized Mac Pro, all powered by Apple chip architecture, are also in the works. Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the announcement of its own Arm-based Macs that the transition to fully supporting its lineup with the custom chipset would take about two years. That gives us a rough timeline of when we might see other computers outside the MacBook line get updated with Arm variants. Apple has been testing how this might affect its software ecosystem by letting developers create and run software on a Mac powered by an iPad Pro processor. That update is likely to arrive or receive an official release date soon alongside the new MacBook devices.

The new Raspberry Pi 400 is a compact keyboard with a built-in computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 400, a compact keyboard with an ARM-based computer built in. Just plug it into a TV or monitor using one of its two micro HDMI ports, insert a microSD card, attach a power cord and mouse, and you’ve got yourself a basic computer for day-to-day tasks. Although Raspberry Pi’s small computers have become a popular tool for hobbyists to do everything from building inexpensive AirPlay receivers to automating smart homes, at their core they’re designed as accessible computers to help children learn to code. Aside from its keyboard and form factor, the Raspberry Pi 400 is a very similar computer to last year’s Raspberry Pi 4. It’s got a slightly faster quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, up from 1.5GHz in the Pi 4, 4GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. There is a pair of micro HDMI ports that can each output up to 4K/60Hz, two USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB 2.0 port. But with a starting price of $70, the Raspberry Pi 400 is a lot less expensive than even the most budget handsets.