In a fresh report from Bloomberg today, we’ve got new details on what we’ll likely see as Apple Silicon expands to the rest of the Mac lineup. Apple is said to be working on an all-new Mac Pro with 40 cores, a higher-end Mac mini, and more.
We’re still in the early stages of Apple’s shift to using its own chips for the Mac lineup with the company’s most powerful machines still waiting to be updated.
In a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman this morning, we’ve got some new details on what to expect for the whole Mac lineup including the Mac Pro, Mac mini, and larger iMac.
Next-gen Mac Pro
As for the high end, Gurman’s sources say Apple is working on a 40-core Mac Pro. That will be exciting to see the amazing performance Apple Silicon is able to bring to the machine.
The next-gen Mac Pro has been more mysterious compared to other Macs in the lineup. But a previous report from Bloomberg said it could end up being half the size of the current Mac Pro. Bloomberg’s sources didn’t have more to share on the Mac Pro beyond the 40-core Apple Silicon chip in development.
High-end Mac mini
And on the more affordable side, Apple is also working on a more powerful Mac mini. Last fall Apple launched the M1 Mac mini, but it’s capped at 16GB RAM and has an 8-core CPU/GPU.
The report says the more powerful Mac mini will arrive with the same Apple Silicon as the upcoming MacBook Pro with up to 64GB RAM, 10-core CPU with 16 or 32 graphics cores, and four ports instead of two. The new chip in the higher-end Mac mini and upcoming MacBook Pro models will also have a more advanced neural engine.
The chips also include up to 64 gigabytes of memory versus a maximum of 16 on the M1. They’ll have an improved Neural Engine, which processes machine-learning tasks, and enable the addition of more Thunderbolt ports, which let users sync data and connect to external devices, than the two on the current M1 MacBook Pro.
However, the report does say that Apple could the new Mac mini launch isn’t a sure thing:
Apple could delay or cancel the new mini’s launch — as it has in the past — but eventually the company will likely replace the Intel-equipped version it now sells.
After launching the 24-inch M1 iMac at its Spring Loaded Event in April, Bloomberg also notes Apple is working on an Apple Silicon update for its larger iMac.