The Cupertino giant is apparently working on a new series of silicons to power its high-end fleet of Macs including next year’s MacBook Pro, iMacs, and Mac Pro, and these chips are set to be introduced as early 2021, beating Intel to the death.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on several M1 successors, which includes chips with 16 high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, powering 2021’s MacBook Pro and iMacs. There’s one design with 32 high-performance cores that could end up powering the upcoming Mac Pro, which might be half the size of current-gen Mac Pro and is expected to release in 2022. For comparison, Apple’s current M1 chip has four high-performance processing cores and four power-saving cores. These new chips are expected to debut in spring 2021, while some of them will come out later in fall, while some of them coming out in fall.
The Mighty Apple M1
The Cupertino giant announced its separation with Intel earlier this year and then in November the M1 was unveiled powering the MacBook Air and the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M1 took the computing industry with a breeze with its impeccable performance and power efficiency, giving Intel and other chipmakers a run for their money. Now with Apple working on designs with higher performance cores, Intel’s top-performer might not be able to take up the heat.
The report also suggests that Apple is working on a next-gen in house graphics processor with 16 and 32-core designs, intended to power Apple’s upcoming lineup of iMacs and MacBook Pro’s, and other graphics processors, having as many as 64 and 128-cores are due for the late 2021 or early 2022 powering company’s headliner Mac products.
There are high chances that we might not get the CPU with 16 high-performance cores, and Apple will choose to release it either with 8 or 12 high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores due to fabrication complications during the production.
With M1, Apple began the 2-year long transition, which is scheduled to end in 2022, which means by then all the Macs will be up and running the company’s own in-house chips.