Apple is preparing an iMac Pro equipped with a 12-core M1 chip

While the year 2022 promises to be busy for Apple, the Cupertino company would have the ambition to launch a new high-end iMac. Called iMac Pro, it would ship a 12-core processor.

Apple could have a historic year with many product updates. The iPhone 14 is naturally one of the most anticipated devices, but 2022 will still be marked by the transition from Macs to ARM chips. Well underway, it has seen several Apple computers abandon Intel processors in favor of M1 chips or its M1 Pro and M1 Max variants. After portable machines, the 24-inch iMac took the plunge last year (read our review of the iMac M1). It could soon be followed by the 27-inch model.

A new generation is expected and the 27-inch iMac with Intel processor should know its successor. Mentioned for a few months, it would mark a turning point in the range and could opt for the name of iMac Pro. This name has already been used by the Cupertino company to support the high-end orientation of the machine. The iMac Pro would differ from the 24-inch iMac aimed more at the general public, with many changes to the program.

The future iMac Pro would have heart

Inside, the all-in-one computer would switch to the M1 chip without however being satisfied with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. According to information from leaker @dylankdkt, Apple would equip its iMac Pro with a more powerful processor with 12 CPU cores, compared to a maximum of 10 cores for the current M1 chips. The current configuration includes 8 high performance cores and 2 efficient cores.

The new iteration would bring more power for the desktop, likely with 10 high-performance cores and 2 power-efficiency-focused cores. On the name side, this chip could be called M1 Extreme or simply M1 Max with 12 cores.

iMac Pro: towards an in-depth review

The arrival of a new M1 chip would not be the only change made to the future iMac Pro. Apple’s computer is expected to feature a 27-inch Mini-LED display with ProMotion (120 Hz) technology. The design could evolve to accommodate a richer connection and justify the “pro” orientation, as on the latest MacBook Pro. Leaker Dylandkt had already evoked the possibility of seeing a basic configuration with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. It is now expected that Apple will add a powerful M1 chip to take its famous computer to a new level.

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