Apple is working on an ARM processor with 32 high-performance cores aimed at the (very) high end

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Apple threw a stone into the water when it unveiled its processors ARM “M1”. If they are intended for the moment only for Mac Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13, Apple would already be at work on another ARM chip… this time entirely dedicated to the very high end, with significantly improved performance .

The x86 processor world may well continue to lose face. According to information gleaned by Bloomberg and relayed by The Verge, Apple is working to design a new processor of its own. In line with the current M1 chip, this new processor would be based on the ARM design, but this time with a much more muscular internal configuration to replace Intel’s chips on high-end Macs.

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Up to 32 CPU cores and gradual deployment on iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro

According to Bloomberg, this new chip from Apple would have a maximum of 32 high-performance CPU cores, compared to 8 CPU cores on the current M1 (divided into two clusters: 4 high-performance cores and 4 economy cores). of energy). In its fastest variant, this processor could be installed in a new “downsized” Mac Pro in 2022. Less fast versions, equipped with 16 high-performance cores (or even only 4, as for the current M1), would nevertheless arrive in the spring of 2021 on a new iMac, but also on a MacBook Pro 16 ARM.

Note that for now, these different devices are still marketed with Intel x86 processors. Apple would nevertheless stick to its schedule, the brand having announced that it would complete its transition to its own Apple Silicon processors within two years.

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Up to 128 GPU cores to bury AMD?

Still according to information gathered by Bloomberg (which had already seen correctly the count of the hearts of the Apple M1 before its presentation), Apple is currently testing the 32 and 16-core versions of its new processor as a priority. The firm would also seek to activate only 12 cores on the second variant of the chip, in order to create different ranges and levels of performance from one product to another. We nevertheless learn that the multiplication of CPU cores would only be in its infancy at Apple, with a processor equipped with 128 cores expected for the end of 2021, or the beginning of 2022.

On the iGPU side, Apple would finally bet on a maximum of 128 graphics cores. Enough to allow the MacBook Pro, iMac Pro and Mac Pro to dispense with a dedicated AMD graphics card, to go 100% under the Apple flag… at least if the performance developed allows it. Considering the GPU performance of the current M1 chip, we are tempted to believe it.

Sources: The Verge, Bloomberg

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