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Does the Apple Silicon development road map look like this?

I think we now know enough to make a few educated, but speculative, suggestions for the future development of the screamingly fast Apple Silicon chips used inside Macs, iPhones, iPads, and every other Apple product.

5G will be on-chip

Apple’s M1 chip combines the processor, GPU, Neural engine, ISP (image signal processor), memory, secure enclave, I/O controller and media encoding engines all onto one 5-nanometer System-on-chip (SoC).

Apple is also engaged in building its own 5G processors for its devices. (It currently uses those from Qualcomm.) The company is expected to begin deployment of its own self-developed 5G modems in iPads next year.

As Apple’s 5G technologies are iterated upon, it feels appropriate to predict these functions will eventually be hosted on the SoC, enabling the company to build iterations of the processor across all its devices. This would include Macs. That’s going to make for a networked future for WFH enterprises.

Apple Silicon goes to 32-core

Apple’s M1 processor as used in Macs hosts eight cores, including both high-performance and high-efficiency chips. The four former cores are designed to run a single task as efficiently as possible and maximize performance and can handle multi-threaded workloads astonishingly well. The high-efficiency cores use very little power to run, but can handle all your lightweight tasks.

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