Apple, at its annual developer conference WWDC, announced that it will be making the switch from Intel chipsets to its own in house Apple Silicon for the line up of Mac devices. Apple also revealed that the company will launch its first Mac powered by Apple Silicon by the end of 2020. Only two months are left for 2020 so this means we can expect something big from the company within this time period.
As per a report from Ming-Chi Kuo, a famous Apple analyst, the first Mac is expected to be a 13 inches MacBook Pro. However, a new report has now shed light on the first iMac. This report claims that the device will be powered by Apple Silicon as well. This report comes from The China Times. It states that in its iMac, Apple will use the A14T chip, a desktop class processor that is exclusively built for iMac.
It also mentions that Apple is also working on its own GPU which is currently codenamed as ‘Lifuka’. It will be found inside the iMac that Apple is planning to release it in the first half of 2021. It also showed off other chips that Apple is working on for the Mac. This year, the mobile version of Apple Silicon will be called the A14X and it will be found inside not only MacBook Pro but also inside a new iPad Pro model.
Reportedly, all of these chips including the new GPU are being manufactured by none other than TSMC. In every processing unit, 5nm process technology will be used. This is not surprising because we have already seen the A14 inside the iPhone 12 and the new iPad Air.
However, it remains to be seen how Apple handles the transition from x86 to ARM in its laptops. We have seen that Windows OEMs have been slowly trying to do this but they are taking massive performance hits.