If the latest blurb is to be believed, 8 CPU cores was merely a safe, modest start for the new line of Apple silicon. Bloomberg reports that Apple’s chip magicians may be readying an ARM-based processor with no less than 32 high-performance CPU cores.
This top-of-the-line silicon is allegedly made for inclusion in a new high-end Mac computer scheduled for late 2021, as well as a half-sized Mac Pro that could become reality by 2022.
16 CPU cores standing in the middle?
Of course, jumping from 8 to 32 cores without a middle solution would be pretty strange. Therefore, a design employing 16 high-performance CPU cores and 4 power-efficient ones is said to be in the works as well. These are to go into an upcoming iMac and MacBook Pro, reportedly as early as the first half of 2021. It is possible, though, that the chip will be nerfed to 12 CPU cores for lower-priced models.
Apple is also doubling down on dedicated GPU cores, reportedly cooking up designs with up to 128 of these. For comparison, the M1 chip which debuted in November, has 8 GPU cores.
The Cupertino company is devoted to switching its entire Mac line-up to its in-house developed ARM-based silicon between 2020 and 2022. By the looks of it, the appropriate hardware measures are already being taken. The M1 chip in the current MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini has already proven itself incredibly powerful, especially in the music production realm. Look up the various Logic Pro X tests floating around the internet and you will see the M1-equipped Macs delivering track count and plug-in instance performance comparable to, or exceeding the current Intel i9-driven 16-inch MacBook Pro, and at much lower temperatures. Once the ball is really rolling in terms of DAW and plug-in compatibility with the ARM-based hardware, it will be possible to run absolutely excessive sessions bordering on the “unlimited” in terms of what’s going on in them.
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