For now, we know that the Mac Pro will supposedly exist half the size from Apple’s current Intel-powered workstation, most likely because its internals don’t require massive cooling to keep temperatures under control, including the custom chip. In fact, Apple could go into fifth gear while developing this SoC, as a report says the Mac Pro could be configured with up to a 40-core CPU and a 128-core GPU.
According to the report, the unnamed Apple Silicon will be based on the M1 Pro and M1 Max, which can be found in the MacBook Pro range in 2021
Apple could not worry much about the Mac Pro’s ability to cool a high-performance chipset thanks to its reasonable size, and Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman believes the custom chipset will be based on the M1 Pro and M1 Max, which the MacBook Pro is Series 2021. However, having a 40-core CPU and 128-core GPU can either mean Apple is developing a massive die or have multiple dies on the Mac Pro’s logic board.
Gurman didn’t describe the layout of the Mac Pro’s logic board, so we’ll have to wait and see how Apple manages to cram 40 CPU cores into its workstation. The reporter also made no indication of how many of these 40 cores will be performance variants and which will be energy efficient. However, given the nature of the coming machine, whose sole purpose is to stay wired and perform demanding tasks, we can assume that the majority of these cores will be power cores.
We also reported that Apple is working on a custom chip that will a unbelievable 64 cores, but Gurman apparently has no idea about it. We can also expect the Mac Pro to have ample support for Unified RAM. Currently the maximum configurable limit is 64GB, but this only applies to the MacBook Pro family 2021 and only if you choose the M1 Max instead of the M1 Pro. It’s not known if Apple plans to offer two chipset flavors when the Mac Pro launches, but as always, we’ll keep our readers updated.
The Mac Pro could also be the last product that Complete the transition to Apple Silicon, and that milestone could be reached in June 2022, a month that the WWDC keynote will take place. We expect an exciting year 2022 in terms of launches, so stay tuned for more updates in the months ahead.
You can check out the Mac Pro Concept below if you want.
News source: 9to5Mac