A 16in MacBook Pro with a 12-core chip could arrive as soon as March 2021, if an Apple leaker is to be believed.
LeaksApplePro has tweeted that a 12-core Mac will launch in March.
Next Mac March 12 cores— LeaksApplePro🎄 (@LeaksApplePro) December 31, 2020
This isn't the first tweet about a 12-core Mac from LeaksApplePro. Back in November 2020 LeaksApplePro tweeted about this 12-core chip - referred to as the M1X - suggesting it could come to the 16in MacBook Pro and offer eight performance cores and four high efficiency cores.
Apple M1X:— LeaksApplePro🎄 (@LeaksApplePro) November 22, 2020
- 8 performance cores.
- 4 high efficiency cores.
- Coming first on a MacBook Pro
16” unveiling as a press release.
- According to a source who used a prototype, “if you think M1 is fast, you haven't seen M1X”.
-Name isn't final though. pic.twitter.com/tpBhXpDCad
While LeaksApplePro originally indicated that the 12-core chip is destined for the 16in MacBook Pro, it has been suggested that this 12-core solution could be destined for the rumoured 14in MacBook Pro said to be in Apple's pipeline, while the 16in MacBook Pro could get a 16-core solution. The logic here is that the 16in MacBook Pro would have more space for a beefier cooling solution, suggests Wccftech.
However we may have a longer wait. The latest reports indicate that the new MacBook Pro may not arrive until the middle of the year. Read: New iPhone-like MacBook Pro coming middle of 2021.