The first Apple Silicon Mac will reportedly be a 12-inch MacBook

An iMac with its own GPU could be released in 2021.

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2020年09月2日, 午後 08:30 in egmt
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Apple announced at the developer conference WWDC20 in June that it will be moving Mac's processors from Intel chips to its own Arm-based Apple Silicon, and has already announced that the first devices will ship by the end of 2020.

That first device is rumored to be a 12-inch MacBook with the A14X processor (a variant of the A14, which is expected to be used in this year's iPhone 12), manufactured by TSMC in Taiwan, and will weigh less than 1kg.

According to the Taiwanese media China Times, the development code for the A14X, the first Apple Silicon, is "Tonga" and a 12-inch MacBook with it will be released at the end of the year.

The A14X will use TSMC's 5nm process technology to provide 15 to 20 hours of battery life due to the power-saving advantages of Arm-based processors, and it also supports USB-C. The next generation iPad Pro will also reportedly use the same A14X.

As for the A14X, which is believed to be the first Apple Silicon, Bloomberg reported in April that it will have 12 CPU cores - eight high-performance and four high-efficiency - at least one of which is "much faster" than the processors in the current iPhone and iPad (i.e. the A13 and A12X).

There were also rumors from several sources that the first Apple Silicon Mac would be a 12-inch MacBook. In addition to Bloomberg above, choco_bit, a well-known leaker (a leading source of information about a high-profile unannounced product), also predicted that it would be in the same shape as the discontinued 12-inch model.

However, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has often predicted that the first Apple Silicon machine will be a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro.

However, Kuo also expects the Apple Silicon version of the MacBook Air to launch in late 2020 or early 2021, which may not necessarily be a conflict, as there is room to interpret the Air model as a redesigned 12-inch model.

The China Times also reports that an Apple Silicon version of the iMac could be released in 2021, also with an Apple proprietary GPU design.

According to their industry sources suggest that Apple has dropped support for AMD GPUs in the Arm version of macOS and that future Apple Silicon Macs may use proprietary designs of GPUs. Apple's proprietary GPUs are well under development, and "the tile-based deferred rendering technology" will improve power efficiency and deliver higher computing power, allowing for more powerful professional applications and games to be developed," according to the report.

Apple Silicon Macs have also been mentioned as a possibility that support for third-party GPUs may be discontinued or become less compatible. While it may remain compatible for a while during the transition period from Intel Macs, in the long term, the company may plan to use Apple's chips for everything from processors to GPUs, just like the iPhone.

Source: China Times

Via: MacRumors


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