The first M1 Macs just hit desks and laps around the world, but Cupertino’s already hard at work on next-gen Apple Silicon processors, Bloomberg reported Monday.
According to the report, Apple is working on “several successors” to the surprisingly powerful M1 chip. These could “significantly outpace” the performance of the top computers currently running Intel chips — including the first 32-core processor high-end Macs.
Apple’s next-gen Apple Silicon reportedly will power MacBook Pros, the first Apple Silicon iMac and a new Mac Pro workstation. They could be released as early as spring 2021 through to 2022, depending on the computer in question. Apple’s initial next-gen designs could include as many as 16 power cores and four efficiency cores. Longer-term, Apple is “testing a chip design with as many as 32 high-performance” cores. This may be for the next Mac Pro or high-end iMacs debuting in late 2021 or early 2022.
“The road map indicates Apple’s confidence that it can differentiate its products on the strength of its own engineering and is taking decisive steps to design Intel components out of its devices. The next two lines of Apple chips are also planned to be more ambitious than some industry watchers expected for next year. The company said it expects to finish the transition away from Intel and to its own silicon in 2022.”
Apple announced the transition from Intel chips to Apple Silicon at WWDC in June.
The first Macs with Apple’s M1 chip debuted last month. These include blazing-fast MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, along with an impressive new Mac mini. The latter is the first desktop computer offering the M1 chip’s astonishing capabilities.
What are your initial thoughts on Apple Silicon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.