Apple M2 series of chipset may feature an Extreme model with 48 CPU and 128 GPU cores
Apple did not unveil a Mac Pro at its recent “Peek Performance” event, the most powerful computer with Apple silicon right now is the Mac Studio. The Mac Pro update will have to wait until the company launches the M2 Extreme chipset, writes Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Yes, Extreme. The M1 Ultra is officially the last chip in the M1 series. The Extreme model will sit above the Ultra and will be a monster with 48 CPU cores and up to 128 GPU cores, about double the resources the M1 Ultra offers. And that is before accounting for the performance uplift from the new architecture and process node.
Those are up in the air at the moment. The M1 series chips uses the CPU and GPU cores from the Apple A14 chips (iPhone 12 series). The M2 series will switch over to either the A15 or A16 designs and the corresponding process, but is not clear which yet (the choice depends on TSMC’s production capacities and yields).
Here is what the M2 series of chipset might look like:
|Chipset||CPU cores||GPU cores||Chipset||CPU cores||GPU cores|
|M1||8 (4 + 4)||7/8||M2||8||10|
|M1 Pro||8 (6 + 2)||14||–||–||–|
|M1 Pro||10 (8 + 2)||14/16||M2 Pro||12||16|
|M1 Max||10 (8 + 2)||24/32||M2 Max||12||32|
|M1 Ultra||20 (16 + 4)||48/64||M2 Ultra||24||48/64|
The M1 Ultra is actually two M1 Max chips that are connected with a silicon interposer, a design Apple calls UltraFusion. Presumably, the M2 Ultra will have a similar design, while the M2 Extreme should be four M2 Max chips combined into one.
The Apple M1 family
Gurman offers this possible distribution of M2 chips between upcoming Macs, divided into consumer and professional products:
- MacBook Pro (14 inch and 16 inch) with an M2 Pro and M2 Max
- iMac Pro with an M2 Pro and M2 Max
- Mac Studio with an M2 Max and M2 Ultra
- Mac Pro with an M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme
- Apple Pro Display 7K
- MacBook Air with an M2
- MacBook Pro (13 inch) with an M2
- Mac mini with an M2 and an M2 Pro version to replace the Intel model
- iMac with an M2
- Apple Studio Display
The analysts expect that Apple will also launch a new Pro XDR display alongside the new Mac Pro. It will offer 7K resolution (up from 6K on the current model) and may feature an A-series chipset of its own to power features like Center Stage and Siri.