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Apple’s 8-core M1 chipset performance has been off the charts, obliterating the latest Core i7 and even the Core i9 CPUs from rival Intel. But this may only be the beginning.
A new report from Bloomberg suggests Apple is working on future ARM-based silicon chips with 20-cores that’ll take this performance to an even higher level, leaving Intel fully in the dust.
According to the Bloomberg report, Apple is working on the next generation of the M1 processor. These M1 successors will boast 20 CPU cores with 16 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores.
These future generation processors are rumored to debut in 2021 when Apple introduces new entry-level and high-end iMac desktops along with a high-end MacBook Pro.
The Cupertino company may stagger the rollout of the M1 by unveiling some new hardware in the spring and another batch in the fall.
Apple will then up the game even further in 2022 with an ARM-powered Mac Pro that could have a whopping 32 performance cores.
The report notes that this only a projected timeline and could change if Apple encounters any testing or production issues. It’s possible the company may have to release new iMacs and a high-level MacBook Pro with “only eight or 12 of the high-performance cores depending on production.”
Apple reportedly also is working on a GPU solution to accompany its ARM processor, especially those in high-end machines that need a powerful graphics solution. Bloomberg claims Apple is working on 16 or 24-core GPUs for these high-end devices. Down the line, the company could expand its GPUs to as much as 64 or even 126 graphic cores.
The report predicts these new Apple GPUs would be several times faster than the existing NVIDIA graphics hardware Apple uses in its current lineup.