Apple planning MacBook Pro with 16-core GPU, Mac Pro with 128 GPU cores

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Enlarge / The newest Mac Professional.

Samuel Axon

Apple plans to introduce considerably up to date variations of the MacBook Professional, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Professional, in keeping with a new report in Bloomberg citing folks aware of Apple’s plans. The report shares far more element about these machines than we have beforehand been aware of.

Every of the brand new computer systems will embrace a considerably sooner successor to the M1 chip. Bloomberg’s sources say the MacBook Professional, which is predicted to come back in 14-inch and 16-inch variants, might launch as quickly as this summer season. That implies Apple might announce the computer systems at its annual developer convention in early June.

A completely redesigned MacBook Air will comply with, as will an up to date Mac mini, which nonetheless makes use of Intel processors. A brand new 30-inch iMac will change the present 27-inch Intel mannequin.

Lastly, an Apple Silicon model of the Mac Professional desktop is deliberate for 2022.

The brand new machines seem tailored to deal with criticisms of current Intel Macs and the preliminary volley of Apple Silicon machines. To wit, the utmost quantity of RAM supported by these new chips can be 64GB (up from 16GB within the M1), greater than two Thunderbolt ports can be supported, and the brand new laptops will characteristic HDMI and SD card slots. That final addition addresses a grievance many customers have had in regards to the MacBook Professional for a while now.

The MacBook Professional is predicted to ship with a two-chip variant, codenamed Jade C-Chop and Jade C-Die. These chips’ CPUs will embrace eight high-performance cores and two effectivity cores. The GPU in a single variant can have 16 cores, whereas the GPU within the different can have 32.

That is a step up over the M1’s 4 high-performance and 4 effectivity CPU cores and both seven or eight GPU cores (relying on configuration).

The Mac mini will use one among these chips as effectively, and it’ll double the variety of ports seen within the M1 Mac mini. In the meantime, the 30-inch iMac’s fast future appears unclear, as Bloomberg’s sources say that work on the 30-inch mannequin was quickly paused with a view to get the lower-end 24-inch iMac out the door.

The MacBook Air coming later this yr can have a “direct successor” to the M1, codenamed Staten. The brand new chip can have the identical variety of CPU cores because the M1 however will nonetheless supply sooner efficiency. It’s going to additionally bump the GPU core rely to 10. This chip can be deliberate to be included in a refresh of the low-end 13-inch MacBook Professional.

Lastly, the Mac Professional slated for 2022 will are available 20- and 40-core CPU configurations, with 16 or 32 high-performance cores and 4 or eight high-efficiency cores. The GPU can be supplied with both 64 or 128 cores. It’s anticipated to “appear to be a smaller model of the present design.”

Apple plans to interchange its final Intel Mac with an Apple Silicon model as early as 2022. The MacBook Professionals might come as quickly because the summer season, and the Mac Professional will virtually definitely arrive subsequent yr. The timing of the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Professional, Mac mini, and 30-inch iMac updates is at the moment rather less clear.