Apple’s future chips will outpace Intel in a big way, according to a leaked roadmap seen by The Information. Apple is already working on the next two generations of Mac chips. Next year’s second-generation processors will reportedly be built on an improved version of TSMC’s 5nm process with up to two dies. However, in 2023, Apple will move to TSMC’s 3nm process, enabling chips with up to four dies and 40 compute cores! This will allow chips with up to 100 cores. These processors would put Apple on par, if not ahead of Intel’s upcoming next-generation processors for consumer PCs planned around 2023.
Apple is already pushing the envelope with its latest A12X Bionic chip in Apple’s iPad Pro. This year, Apple outfitted this product with a massive Neural Engine capable of performing nine trillion operations per second, which was three times more than what Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors had to offer!
Apple’s future Mac processors appear to easily outpace Intel’s promised consumer PC processor upgrades, according to previously leaked details about Apple’s roadmap. According to three individuals with direct knowledge of the plans, Apple has already begun work on the following two generations of Mac chips, which are expected to succeed the M1—the first Mac processor designed and produced in-house by Apple as it began to shift away from Intel.
The second-generation processors for 2022 will reportedly be built on an improved version of TSMC’s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) leading-edge but pricey and difficult to produce at scale NNBEI+ process with up to two dies. According to reports, Apple will move from its current five-nanometer design node to one it has been working closely with Intel on for more than half a decade by 2023.
The Information reports that this collaboration was one factor behind the departure of longtime lead chip designer Johny Srouji who left his position last month after nearly 15 years at the company to join an as-yet-unnamed startup.