Apple will reportedly use a custom AMD SoC in a future Mac Pro

Apple will reportedly use a custom AMD SoC in a future iMac

AMD will be powering upcoming iMac models

Apple will reportedly use a custom AMD SoC in a future Mac Pro


Apple will reportedly use a custom AMD SoC in a future Mac Pro due to Intel's lack of flexibility and lack of innovation in recent years in their desktop offerings. 

Moving from Haswell to Broadwell and from Broadwell to Skylake desktop users have only seen minor performance improvements, with AMD being soon to offer their new Zen CPU core design and the flexibility to create for apple and entirely custom SoC for their future notebooks and desktop PCs.

In recent years AMD has made a lot of money in the Semi-custom SoC market, powering the Xbox One, PS4, PS4 Pro and Microsoft's Project Scorpio, with AMD having the unique ability to combine strong graphical performance and CPU performance into a single SoC. 

Apple reportedly to use a custom AMD SoC for future iMac


With Apple already using AMD graphics on their most recent 5K iMac and Mac Pro product lines, the move to an entirely made AMD CPU/GPU combo on a single die is an attractive option. 

The advantage of using a custom SoC is that the SoC can be made to suit the requirements of the buyer, AMD has a unique position for making custom SoCs like this as they make both x86 CPUs and powerful GPUs, meaning that an AMD custom SoC can utilise both. 

An AMD custom SoC makes a lot of sense for a product like an Apple iMac as instead of cooling a separate CPU and GPU a single cooler could be used to cool an AMD SoC which contains both a CPU and a GPU. This will be very similar in concept to both the Xbox One and PS4 consoles.


AMD Team up with Microsoft for HSA C++



One other advantage that AMD can bring to the table for Apple is HSA, which allows both CPUs and GPUs to work on the same workload. If Apple push in this direction Heterogeneous compute Apple could significantly increase the productivity of their devices under certain workloads, giving Apple devices a great selling point until software catches up on other devices.

With AMD's Zen Architecture just around the corner the prospect and uses of future AMD custom SoCs is a topic of great interest, potentially paving the way for more powerful consoles and highly specified x86 based products. 


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Most Recent Comments

26-09-2016, 08:00:05

Interesting. So just on Mac Pros? Not Macbooks?Quote

26-09-2016, 08:03:02

Originally Posted by SPS View Post
Interesting. So just on Mac Pros? Not Macbooks?
Hard to know really. If Apple works to create a strong SoC and software which can use HSA they could really be onto a winner here.

This could potentially get back the "Mac is for creators" crowd back.Quote

26-09-2016, 09:02:56

Another possible blow to the MBP, plenty of productivity apps in the design field will not function correctly in terms of hardware acceleration (or even basic function with real-time rendering etc) when using an APU vs the discrete card.Quote

26-09-2016, 09:54:03

I'd be surprised if they do this for the Mac Pro unless they want to move it to a cloud computing based system. Its much more likely to be for the Macbook or the iMac.Quote

26-09-2016, 17:42:05

So with AMD SoC being generally cheaper to use than an Intel counterpart, are they going to reduce the cost of their hardware? ................ Oh wait, that's a silly question!Quote

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