Apple Silicon Mac Pro to rely on M1-extension chips rather than M2-generation SoCs
A whole flurry of Apple-related posts from leaker Dylan (@dylandkt) has thrown up some tasty morsels in regard to upcoming products and silicon. As well as MacBooks and iPads, it appears the Cupertino-based tech giant is working hard on its Mac Pro too, with a new variant of the cheese-grater-like desktop PC likely to appear at some point soon. However, it appears the Apple Silicon Mac Pro will be getting an extension of the M1 chip rather than the next-generation M2 processor.
There have been rumblings before about what kind of chips could power the mighty Mac Pro machines, as in the past these have been driven by up to a 28-core Intel Xeon W processor (W-3275M). While an “M1 Max Duo” has been suggested for a future iMac Pro, it seems Dylan reckons the same sort of thing will be coming to the Apple Silicon Mac Pro: “The processor of the Mac Pro will instead be a further extension of the M1 beyond the cores of the M1 Max”.
It has been previously opined that even an "M1 Max Duo" would not be sufficiently powerful enough for the 2022 or 2023 Mac Pro, leaving room for other potential extensions (“M1 Max Quadro”, “M1X”, “M1 Supermax”?). In addition to working on the M1 extension solution for the Mac Pro, the timing of its release may coincide with Apple’s completion of removing its reliance on Intel parts. So it seems Apple is not yet finished with the M1 family as something astonishing (40 CPU cores, 128 GPU cores or 4x 10c/32c M1 Max) is likely waiting in the wings for the non-Intel Mac Pro.
The Apple Silicon transition will end by Q4 of 2022. The Mac Pro will be the last device to be replaced. The Mac Pro’s processor will not be an extension of the M2. The processor of the Mac Pro will instead be a further extension of the M1 beyond the cores of the M1 Max.— Dylan (@dylandkt) January 17, 2022