Apple’s next-generation iMac Pro could have an “M1 Max Duo” chip with 20 processing cores and up to 64 for graphics, according to a new report.
As its name suggests, the chipset is expected to consist of two M1 Max chips combined for twice the performance. It could also have up to 128GB of RAM – twice as much as is currently available on Apple’s latest machines.
The iMac Pro could get the first M1 Max Duo chip with a 64-core GPU
Apple has been thrilling us with its M1 chips since they first debuted last year, easily surpassing the Intel chips they replaced in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. And they’re just getting better.
The new M1 Pro and M1 Max in the 2021 MacBook Pro are significantly more powerful, and it is rumored that Cupertino is planning even better chipsets for its next-generation professional-level desktops – including the new iMac Pro.
APPL Tree and Max Tech on YouTube report that Apple could plan a new M1 Max Duo chip for its most powerful all-in-one that will essentially combine two M1 Max chips for twice the power.
This would allow up to 20 CPU cores, up to 64 GPU cores and up to 128 GB of RAM. That would match the maximum RAM capacity of the 27-inch iMac, which still has Intel chips, while being better than its Core i7 and Core i9 chips.
There is evidence for a ‘duo’ chip
As is always the case with rumors like this, it is best to understand them with a little salt. We can’t be sure what Apple is working on until the company announces it. Having said that, there is evidence to support a “duo” chip of this kind.
Hector Martin, a developer currently working on porting Linux to M1 Mac models, reported earlier this month that macOS includes “many” references to “multi-die” chips and that the new “M1 Pro and M1 Max” are very clearly designed with (currently unused) second half for the second dice. ”
In other words, it seems that Apple has already paved the way for connecting two M1 Pro or M1 Max chips – it just didn’t do it more. That could change next year with the iMac Pro, and perhaps the next-generation Mac Pro.
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