Rumor: 2022 Mac Pro Could Continue to Use Intel CPUs

BY Sanuj Bhatia

Published 26 Jul 2021

Apple’s own ARM-based chip, the Apple M1, has shown the world what Apple’s own custom Silicon can achieve. People are impressed with the performance and battery life of the M1-based Mac and MacBooks. However, a report claims that Apple could still continue to use an Intel chip for its high-end 2022 Mac Pro.

According to WCCFtech, Apple is planning to use yet-to-be-released Intel W-3300 Ice Lake CPUs in the 2022 Mac Pro. The report corroborates Mark Gurman’s claims of a 40-core CPU and 128-core GPU Mac Pro coming next year.

The existence of an Intel Ice Lake-based Mac has also been found in Xcode 13 beta before.

The report is based on a tweet from Yukki, who WCCFtech claims, has been providing “accurate leaks.” If the report is to be believed, 2022 Mac Pro will offer up to 38-core Intel CPU and 76 threads.

“The Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 Workstation family will offer support on the LGA 4189 socket platform with up to 270W TDP CPU support, 64 Gen 4 PCIe Lanes, and 8-channel DDR4-3200 memory with up to 4 TB capacities.”

The report goes on to claim that Apple might even launch two variants of the Mac Pro next year — one with Intel Ice Lake W processor, and the other one with its own custom silicon-based chip.

Along with the Mac Pro, Apple is also said to be working on a Mac Pro Mini for next year. Though the mini Mac Pro is expected to feature Apple’s M2 or M1X chip.

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