Even before Apple officially announced his plans to transition the Mac family to Apple Silicon at WWDC last month, people predicted that Macs with ARM processors made by Apple would come this year. Already in March written down Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculated that the first Apple ARM processors could hit the market in 2020, and later revised its forecast until 2021 due to possible production delays related to Covid-19. That turned out to be prGiven that Apple expects to ship its first product with its own ARM-based processor by the fourth quarter of 2020 and complete the Transition until 2022.
Now all we have to do is speculate Which Apple Mac product will be the first to receive the new chip? Kuo expects the first Apple ARM computer to be a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. MacRumors reports what will be released Next a new Intel model by the end of this year. A MacBook air with Apple Silicon can debut At the same time or in the first quarter of 2021. Kuo also believes that Apple will launch new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with its own models ARM processor sometime between the second and third quarters of 2021.
Apple has not yet confirmed the specifications of its own CPU, but other rumors have indicated that it is a 12-core processor with eight dedicated cores for high-performance tasks and four cores for less intensive workloads. Without knowing the exact specifications, it is difficult to predict how powerful Apple Silicon will be, but some leaked Apple ARM Developer kit benchmarks help paint something more complete Image. In short, Apple appears to be a tough competitor To beat Intel and AMD.
According to the former Intel chief engineer François Piednoël, Apple, decided to leave the company due to quality assurance issues with his Skylake processors.
“Our friends at Apple became number 1 Filer of problems in architecture ” he said in a YouTube video. “If your customer finds almost as many errors as you found yourself, you are not going to the right place.”
What Apple has confirmed However, the ARM processors will be a system-on-chip (SoC) design and will have their own integrated GPU. We took a look at this GPU Shadow of the Tomb Raider via Rosetta 2 on Apple’s Metal API during WWDC 2020, and it looked like it could keep up with the discrete ones from Nvidia and AMD Graphics cards.
With this in mind, it makes sense for Apple to launch its ARM-based MacBooks in front of a Mac with Apple Silicon, because Apple is still using AMD’s graphics cards Desktops. It is unclear how long this is intended. Apple and AMD don’t said something, so I guess we won’t hear anymore on the subject for a couple Years, if any. If Kuo’s release timeline is correct (and He is one of the most accurate Apple product forecasters) it makes sense for Apple to completely stop production on its Intel-based Macs before it would even consider removing AMD GPUs from its products.
Of course, all of this requires Apple to prove that its processors are worth the hype. Apple Silicon seems to exceed people’s expectations, but nothing is final until an Apple ARM MacBook is in our hands for a rush of tests.