It is possible that this processor will appear on the new Mac in late 2021, and it may also appear on the new Mac Pro In 2022.
The company is also reported to be developing 20-core processor designs – 16 with high performance and 4 energy-efficient cores – for new versions of the MacBook Pro and iMac.
New processors could arrive as early as spring 2021, and future Apple Silicon designs could also feature GPUs with up to 128 cores.
News of the upcoming processors comes as Apple released the first Macs to include its own chip.
The new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini use the company’s M1 chip, which features four high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores.
The company’s powerful devices, such as the Mac Pro, continue to use Intel chips, and Apple has said that it intends to convert the entire range of Mac computers to its own chips over the next two years.
In addition to increasing the number of processor cores, Bloomberg reports that Apple is also developing chips with more GPU cores.
The current M1 chip comes with seven or eight cores for the graphics processing unit, Apple is currently testing models with 16 and 32 cores, and developing chips up to 128 cores for computers supposed to be released in late 2021 or 2022.
Apple is developing a processor with up to 16 high-performance cores, but Bloomberg indicates that it may choose to release it with only 8 or 12 cores enabled, depending on how production proceeds.
Bloomberg stated – before Apple announced its switch to processors based on ARM architectures – that it was developing a processor with eight high-performance cores and four energy-saving cores, but a processor with this number of cores had not been officially announced.
And given Apple’s ambitious plans to move the entire Mac lineup to its chipset in the next two years, it makes sense that it has solid chips in development.
ARM-based Macs represented a quantum leap thanks to the combination of performance and power savings, but bringing the same capabilities to their powerful Intel processor devices, such as the Mac Pro, could pose a much bigger challenge.