Apple’s M1 processor is already on the market on the first wave of devices, but the company is currently hard at work on massive upgrades that would go live next year.
And just like it’s the case with the first-generation Apple Silicon, the focus would be entirely on performance, with a report from Bloomberg indicating the company is planning a 32-core that would eventually be used on the Mac Pro.
This configuration is supposed to go live in late 2021, it seems, but this doesn’t mean Apple would just stop here.
No, the Cupertino-based tech giant wants to go even further, and the company is even considering 128-core silicon that would eventually be installed on its most expensive devices.
Apple Silicon is without a doubt Apple’s most ambitious project in a long time, and the company keeps praising the performance of its chips on every single occasion.
Rival ARM-based chips
“M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with an astounding 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip. It features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine,” Apple says.
“As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs. With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.”
Apple’s investments in its own chip are already catching the attention of rivals, with AMD also said to be working on its own ARM-based processor that could be announced as soon as January. Microsoft is also building custom chips with Qualcomm for Surface products.