What you need to know
- Apple's next Mac Pro will reportedly use Intel's new Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 chips.
- The new chips offer up to 38 cores for a maximum 76 threads.
Apple's next Mac Pro, thought to be coming at some point next year, won't use Apple silicon. Instead, the new powerhouse will stick to the tried and tested Intel Xeon lineup with a new report suggesting the new Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 chips will be the ones getting the thumbs up from Apple.
According to a tweet by leaker YuuKi_AnS via Twitter, Apple will use the high-end Xeons for a 2022 Mac Pro refresh. WCCFTech believes the leaker to be a trustworthy one, although I can't say I'm familiar with their work.
Apple might be using Intel's next-gen Xeon W-3300 Ice Lake CPUs to power their brand new Mac Pro coming this year. The rumor comes from YuuKi_AnS who has been providing insights on the Intel Xeon families for workstations and servers for a while now and has been quite accurate with his leaks.
Intel's new Xeons will offer up to 38 cores and 76 threads, while 8-channel DDR4-3200 memory with up to 4 TB capacity will also be one benefit to sticking with Intel. We hadn't expected Apple to switch the Mac Pro to Apple silicon just yet, although it will surely happen in the future.
While most won't need all of this power, an Intel Mac Pro would still be the best Mac for some workflows and for some people. It'll surely be a costly machine when the refresh does arrive, however, with these Xeons costing huge sums of money before Apple begins to fill that stunning case with anything else.