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1 XCOVER 2 -  Apple Mac Pro Tower with iMac like display


Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Part 1: Apple Silicon Set to Energize PC Market as Possibilities Beckon." One of the points in the report was that Apple's next-gen M1 chips would have more high-performance cores to meet the requirements of multitasking and high-performance PC applications. Today a new report from Bloomberg points to Apple working on breakthrough high-end PC systems. One of the models could arrive next year.


Bloomberg reports that "Apple Inc. is planning a series of new Mac processors for introduction as early as 2021 that are aimed at outperforming Intel Corp.’s fastest.


Apple's next series of chips, planned for release as early as the spring and later in the fall, are destined to be placed across upgraded versions of the MacBook Pro, both entry-level and high-end iMac desktops, and later a new Mac Pro workstation, according to their sources.


Apple could accelerate a shakeup in an industry that has long been dependent on Intel’s pace of innovation. For Apple, the move sheds that dependency, deepens its distinction from the rest of the PC market and gives it a chance to add to its small, but growing share in PCs.


For its next generation chip targeting MacBook Pro and iMac models, Apple is working on designs with as many as 16 power cores and four efficiency cores, the people said.


For higher-end desktop computers, planned for later in 2021 and a new half-sized Mac Pro planned to launch by 2022, Apple is testing a chip design with as many as 32 high-performance cores."


A new patent last week described a half-sized Mac Pro tower system on record. Of course it's not a design patent, so the image only conveys that it's another Pro tower system and not how it will actually look like. Both our cover graphic and the one below are from Apple patents showing that there's some commonality and yet illustrate a different tower being considered. 


2 Apple Patent  smaller Pro tower system ++


Apple engineers are also developing more ambitious graphics processors. Today’s M1 processors are offered with a custom Apple graphics engine that comes in either 7- or 8-core variations.


For its future high-end laptops and mid-range desktops, Apple is testing 16-core and 32-core graphics parts. For more on this, read the full Bloomberg report.


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