Apple is currently developing faster chips than Intel and the current M1 chip. This is a significant move that will strongly impact the tech world.
Apple is planning a series of new Mac processors for as early as next year that are aimed at outperforming Intel's fastest.
The move could accelerate a shakeup in an industry that has long been reliant on Intel’s pace of innovation.
Apple is working on different successors to the M1 custom chip, Apple’s first Mac main processor that launched in November.
The current M1 Mac chip has four performance cores, alongside four high-efficiency cores.
On the graphics side, Apple is testing 16-core and 32-core GPUs, a huge leap from the 7- and 8-core GPUs offered in the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, respectively.
Apple is reportedly testing variants with 64 and 128 dedicated cores for higher-end Macs, which could possibly rival the recent cards from Nvidia and AMD.
If Apple’s processors live up to the hype, they will significantly outperform the latest machines running Intel chips.
Apple is expected to release new iMacs as well as a 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros in 2021.
The Tech giant expects to finish the transition away from Intel and to its own silicon in 2022.
While Intel gets less than 10% of its revenue from furnishing Apple products with Mac chips, the rest of its PC business is liable to face turbulence if Apple is able to produce better-performing computers.
This could accelerate a paradigm shift in an industry that has long been dependent on Intel’s pace of innovation.
Apple will no longer rely on Intel to manufacture its chips.
It also gives a chance to deepen its distinction from the rest of the PC market.
Apple could still choose to hold back this new generation of chips in favour of lesser versions for next year’s Macs. However, they will likely be much faster than the Intel models they're replacing.