Judging by some information from industry sources, Apple’s second stop for Mac computers will be more powerful ARM-based processors.
For years, Apple has relied on Intel’s x86 processors for laptops and continues to support these computers. Recently, Apple’s custom M1 processors built on ARM architecture have been released and a new era has begun.
The new M1 SoC also includes a graphics processor, this integrated GPU is expected to offer significant performance gains. If we come to the CPU side, an 8-core chip stands out. Four of these cores were developed for high-performance computing and are known as Firestorm cores. The other 4 cores called Icestorm are efficiency-oriented.
If we look at the new leaks, Apple’s silicon design team has another new project called M1X. These processors will appeal to high-end models such as the 16-inch MacBook Pro and will be designed for the most demanding workloads.
It is even said that the M1X SoC will have a 12-core structure, 8 large and 4 small. Graphics and memory configuration are not yet known. As for another piece of the leak, M1X chips will be launched in the first quarter of 2021, according to the source. It is also worth noting that this nomenclature may not be exactly M1X.
There’s no reason these claims shouldn’t come true, and it’s only natural that Apple is planning stronger chips. Ultimately, the date given is not too far, at this point we will see Apple’s breakthroughs on the ARM PC chip side.