Apple reportedly working on flagship silicon with 32-high performance cores for 2021

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Last month Apple debuted its new ARM-based silicon in the form of the M1 SoC.

The new system on chip was also placed within three new pieces of Apple hardware, but if you’re eyeing something a bit more powerful, you may be interested in the latest report from Bloomberg, which says that a new high-end SoC is being developed with 32-high performance cores.

To put that in perspective, if true, it would quadruple the current eight high-performance cores that the new M1 features, which on paper sounds like a lot of processing power.

While a running joke is that each new device that Apple releases is the “most powerful ever,” this may very well be.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, it is expected to be unveiled in late 2021, so we could see Apple hold a similarly-timed event that it did for the M1 last month. As such, we could also see some hardware ready and waiting to hit the market sporting the yet-to-be-named SoC.

During its aforementioned presentation, Apple noted that it has been working on creating its own silicon for some time now, and that the M1 is only the start of things as far as the Cupertino-based firm is concerned.

To that end the same report says alongside the 32-high performance core silicon, which is likely designed with a Mac Pro-esque device in mind, Apple also has a 16-high performance core silicon in the works too. This SoC would feature four power-efficient cores, with the processor aimed at new models of MacBook Pro and iMac.

The company is said to be working on SoC with greater GPU capacity as well, so it looks like there should quite a few more announcements from Apple in terms of its silicon foundry in 2021.

With the M1 yet to be tested out by ourselves, and leaving quite a few questions in terms of the quality of performance, perhaps this forthcoming silicon will put those concerns to rest.

Either way, this is only a report for now, so we’ll need to wait on more concrete evidence before we get too excited at the prospect of a pure supremely high-powered all-Apple computing device.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.