MacBook Pro shipments are forecast to grow by 20% in Q3

Some Apple supply chain sources expect MacBook Pro shipments to grow by 20% in the third quarter of this year.

Back-to-school sales typically see Mac sales increase between Q2 and Q3, and distance learning plans in the K-12 are likely to help this year, but it will affect MacBook Air sales more than the MacBook Pro.

Today’s Digitimes report offers a higher than normal jump for the MacBook Pro line.

It is uncertain how strong the demand for notebook devices will be in the second half of 2020, but supply chain sources claim that Apple will increase its new MacBook Pro order by the end of 2020. Taiwanese PCB suppliers expect strong shipments in the notebook and server sectors in the third quarter, expect memory maker Nanya Technology also ramps up earnings from the server sector.

Apple will see 20% on-the-marginal growth in 3Q20 notebook shipments: Apple will significantly increase its new MacBook Pro orders by the end of the third quarter of 2020, and the third quarter will see its overall MacBook shipments grow by more than 20% from the supply chain.

Leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be one of the first ARM-powered Macs and we’ll see it later this year, but he expects it to appear in Q4 instead of Q3.

Kuo believes […] The first Mac models to feature ARM CPUs will be the next-generation 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and the newly designed iMac. […]

According to Kuo, starting from Q42020 / Q12021, Apple will start its ARM conversion with the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro running on Silicon. The updated iMac, which features a 24-inch display with a thinner bezel, is set to switch to ARM at the same time.

Kuo expects Mac models to improve their performance by 50-100% compared to their Intel predecessors.

Although Apple, as its brand, is looking for an aggressive timeline to switch from Intel to ARM processors – or Apple to Silicon – the company has yet to release a detailed roadmap on when machines can be expected. There are likely to be some interim uncertainties for MacBook Pro shipments as well as other models as some people delay planned upgrades until an ARM version of their preferred model is sold.

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