Report: Apple to release iMacs with self-developed GPUs next year

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August 31—Apple will debut new iMac computers featuring in-house developed graphics processing units (GPUs) in 2021, reports the China Times. The site notes the brand will utilize the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 5nm manufacturing process to make its components.

Last month, Apple announced it would transition to using its own chips in its computers instead of Intel hardware. The website’s article also offers new details regarding Apple’s forthcoming MacBooks and iPads.

Apple Silicon GPUs

The China Times notes the firm’s 5nm enhanced GPUs will provide users with improved computing performance and energy efficiency. The next-generation component will also reportedly utilize tile-based deferred rendering (TBDR) technology to facilitate the development of more robust games and desktop applications.

The company first mentioned its future iMacs would feature Arm architecture based self-made GPUs at its 2020 WWDC event. The brand announced it would be self-designing its computer processors, but did not mention plans to end support of its AMD powered products. That said, Gizmodo pointed out Intel, Nvidia, and AMD utilize immediate mode rendering technology in their GPUs.

As such, Apple may end support of its older hardware sooner than usual to optimize its ecosystem.

Next-Generation iPad and MacBook Details

The China News’ report on Apple’s GPUs also included information about its forthcoming iPad and MacBook hardware. The publication notes the corporation will release a MacBook with A14X chipset, codenamed “Tonga,” by year’s end.

Industry insider, Ming-Chi Kuo, said the company would release a 13.3-inch MacBook with an Arm-based processor in Q4 2020.

The China Time’s story differs from Kuo’s report as it states Apple’s next MacBook will feature a 12-inch Retina display. The news site also noted the laptop will boast a USB-C interface and will weigh less than 1kg (2.2 pounds). In addition, the article asserts the computer’s highly efficient hardware will give it a battery life of between 15 to 20 hours.

The publication also made mention of the next iteration of Apple’s tablet, the iPad. The next version of the iPad Pro will come equipped with the TSMC-made A14X processor.

While Apple has a deeply committed customer base, its hardware changes will likely improve its churn rates. By controlling the specifications of its chipsets, the brand can fine-tune the functionality of its in-house and third-party apps. Based on the China News’ article, it is also pushing its performance and energy efficiency benchmarks to new heights.

By creating its own chips in-house now, Apple could meaningfully increase its share of the global electronics market and reclaim its status as the world’s best computer maker.


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