The M1 (Apple Silicon) chip is the first big step in apple towards a completely independent future from Intel. Next steps are being tested: the company is working on successor processors that can have up to 20 cores. For 2022, the company should go one step further and roll out the Mac Pro with a 32-core Apple Silicon chip.
What are these Bloomberg. According to the car, Apple’s engineers are testing the chips that, in addition to the aforementioned Mac Pro, will be able to equip the iMac and updated versions of the MacBook Pro. Keep in mind that the current M1 chip is only present in the most basic MacBook Pro (13-inch version), MacBook Air, and Mac Mini.
In fact, this means that Apple is moving towards having its entire line of computers based on the ARM architecture. But to do that, you need to make sure that the new processor always performs better than Intel.
To achieve this goal, Apple will develop chips with up to 20 cores: 16 high-performance cores and 4 cores focused on energy efficiency. However, it is possible that the next MacBook Pro and the first iMac with Apple Silicon also come in versions with high-performance 8 or 12-core chips.
But what attracts the most attention is the possibility that Apple will launch, until 2022, a processor with 32 high-performance cores, a chip, as announced, will be available for the Mac Pro and possibly is a more premium version of the iMac.
Obviously, the big challenge for the next stage is meeting the needs for GPU performance. So Apple should make chips in versions with 16 and 32 graphics cores. The higher end devices will be available in either 64 or 128 cores. For comparison, the current Apple M1 has graphics performance guaranteed by seven (MacBook Air) and eight cores.
Hence, it could be the end not only of Intel processors in the Mac family, but also of AMD Radeon GPUs there.
If the rumor is confirmed, Apple will end the transition completely to its own chip line by 2022.