Wednesday, Dec 09, 2020, 14:38 Mac: Hardware

Bloomberg: Upcoming Pro Macs to have up to 32 performance cores and 128 GPU cores

Apple’s new M1 chips are already impressing the mobile sector and greatly outclassing previous models. This applies just as well to the Mac mini, now capable of standing almost neck and neck with an iMac Pro. According to a recent report in Bloomberg Bloomberg-Bericht, we can expect to be even more amazed with the advent of the coming year. Apple is alleged to be making the transition to in-house chips for the MacBook Pro, the iMac, and the Mac Pro, providing an impressive boost to graphics performance.

Apple is working on chips with up to 16 cores for the MacBook Pro and iMac, even though there’s talk of options with 8 or 12 cores being made available. This is solely for manufacturing purposes, as the risk of defective components increases with the number of cores. For comparison: current M1 Macs come with 4 performance cores. However, there are even more ambitious plans in store for the Mac Pro, Bloomberg reports a potential system with up to 32 performance cores.



Apple’s graphics Solution
While the M1 comes with 7-8 graphics cores, Apple is still planning more powerful chips and in-house graphics cards. Apple system chips should come with 16 or 32 graphics cores, however, Apple would like to provide graphics upgrades with 64 and even 128 dedicated graphics cores. According to Bloomberg, they should be ready by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022. We can only assume that such options with a larger number of graphics cores will be very expensive — however, it can be assured that these more expensive models will be capable of achieving a level of performance not possible with competing products. A statement that applies not only to CPU but also to GPU performance.

Apple’s Timeframe
The MacBookPro 16” and the iMac should also be undertaking the change in Spring. Performance versions with more cores will follow in winter, with the same applying to the first Mac Pro with Apple chips. In 2022 Apple would like to abandon Intel chips, and a new variant of the Mac Pro with more slender housing is expected. With Apple’s intention to abandon Intel parts, projections for Intel’s drop in sales fall between 2 - 5% of the chip giant’s entire sales volume.

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