Apple Inc. is said to be ramping up its offerings for 2022, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Apple Insider reported that the company has “a bevy of new pro Macs in the works, including a smaller-sized Mac Pro with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphic cores. There will also be a large-screened iMac Pro arriving as well as another Mac mini.
Based on Apple’s current progress, Gurman is confident that it will be able to announce its transition to its own silicon from Intel chips by June 2022.
This would allow the company to optimize hardware and software components for maximum performance, which can then result in faster product rollouts.
However, Gurman warned that Apple’s shift to its own chips will result in “muted Intel financial impact” which could possibly affect the supply for various server parts based on x86 chip architecture.
Apple analyst Kyle Wiens said that this is unlikely as 2020 seems like “a more realistic timeframe” for the company to start sourcing chips from its own silicon, adding that it is “not a trivial undertaking.”
He said: “Apple doesn't make processor manufacturing capability like Intel does."
Apple Insider reported that Wiens cited an example of how Apple would need to build semiconductor fabs, which can take up to three years, as well as develop cutting-edge fabrication processes.
Wiens said that the company will have to deal with various challenges such as “designing its own chips, working with equipment manufacturers, managing supply chains for components and negotiating contracts with suppliers.”
Apple Insider reported that Wiens added: "I think it’s more difficult than they expected. It's always difficult to start making your own chips."
The company is also expected to have a larger lineup of products, including an updated version of its AirPods wireless earphones and updated versions of the Apple Watch.Gurman added that this could potentially include updated iPhone models, which might be able to sense their surroundings autonomously.