Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is now working on a new ARM-based processor with 32 high performance CPU cores which are expected to appear in a Mac by the end of 2021, as per a new report by Bloomberg. Also, this processor is expected to appear in a new half sized Mac Pro in 2022. Along with this, Apple is also reportedly developing its CPU designs with up to 16 high performance cores and 4 power efficient cores which are planned for new versions of the MacBook Pro and iMac. The new processors are expected to arrive as early as spring 2021. Also, future Apple Silicon designs might comprise of GPUs with up to 128 dedicated cores.
News of the upcoming processors came into light because Apple has recently introduced its first Macs which are powered by its own chips. Apple’s new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini each of them have the company’s M1 chip incorporated in them which features a CPU with 4 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores. Although, the company’s more powerful machines like the Mac Pro continued to use Intel chips only. Apple has also said it is planning to transform its whole Mac line-up onto its own chips over the course of two years.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is also working on chips with more GPU cores due to the increased CPU core count. The current M1 chip comes with either 7 or 8 GPU cores but Apple is currently testing models with 16 and 32 cores and also working on chips with as many as 128 which are planned for late 2021 or 2022.
Bloomberg notes that however Apple is working on a processor design with 16 high performance CPU cores but it might choose to release it with only 8 or 12 cores enabled depending on how mass production goes.
Bloomberg reported prior to Apple’s announcement of switching to ARM-based processors that it was working on a processor with a CPU comprising 8 high performance cores and 4 energy efficient cores. A processor with this exact combination of cores is yet to be announced officially.
Considering Apple’s plan to move its entire Mac line-up onto its own silicon in the coming two years, it is clear that it has more powerful chips under development. Its first ARM-based Macs have impressed because of its combination of power efficiency and performance. But to match the potential of its more powerful Intel based machines is more challenging like the Mac Pro.