The first Apple processor will get 12 cores
The Apple Silicon processor was first introduced at the WWDC 2020 conference in June this year. The company said that the first products with this chipset will appear later this year. Although Apple did not share more details, new leaks are beginning to reveal some features of Apple Silicon. According to the latest leak, Apple Silicon will be a 12-core processor, from which you can expect great success.
A Twitter user named "a_rumors0000" claims that the first ARM processor for Mac will have 12 cores. Unfortunately, since Apple's specialized A-series chipsets are divided into performance and efficiency cores, we don't know what the configuration of this processor will be. It is also unknown what Apple will actually call it.
One recent rumor claimed that the 12-core chipset would have eight fast-acting and four efficient cores, with the first product expected to use this processor being the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It is reported that the development of this laptop will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.
However, insiders do not yet know what performance can be expected from the 12-core Apple Silicon. Previous tests can show a rough picture. For example, if you take the A12Z Bionic in the Mac Mini for developers, even though the chipset works with applications through the Apple Rosetta 2 layer, which leads to reduced performance, it is superior to the chipset in the Microsoft Surface Pro X running at full capacity. In addition, the A12Z Bionic GPU outperformed the graphics in both the Ryzen 5 4500U and Core i7-1065G7 in OpenCL tests.
Summing up all this data, we can say that the 12-core Apple Silicon will not only be an ARM processor with the highest computing and graphics power. It will also provide future MacBooks with better battery life than previous models based on Intel processors.