Apple is working on a new ARM-based processor with as high as 32 high-performance CPU cores. The processor is to feature in a Macbook as soon as late 2021, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The report also says that there’s a possibility that the processor could appear in a new ‘half-sized Mac Pro’ in 2022. Apple is also reportedly developing CPU designs with up to 16 high-performance cores and four power-efficient cores. These processors are to feature in new versions of the MacBook Pro and iMac.
Bloomberg says that new processors could arrive as early as March 2021. Apple is also planning future Silicon designs that will feature GPUs with up to 128 dedicated cores.
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This comes as Apple is releasing the first set of its Macs powered by its own chips. Apple’s latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini are all powered by its M1 chip. It features a CPU with four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
The company however still relies on Intel chips for powerful machines like the Macbook Pro. Apple says it intends to transition its whole Mac lineup onto its own chips within two years.
The Bloomberg report also says that Apple is working on chips with more GPU cores. The current M1 processor comes with either seven or eight GPU cores and Apple is testing models with 16 and 32-cores.
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