Ahead of the iMac Pro being released, there were rumors that the computer could come with a new chipset that has never been found in a Mac computer – an A10 Fusion co-processor. If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, basically this is the same chipset found in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
There rumors were saying that the inclusion of the A10 allows the iMac Pro to allow users to launch Siri on their Mac using their voice. Apple hasn’t really made a big deal out of it, so it was assumed that the rumors were false. However in a recent teardown of the iMac Pro by the folks at iFixit (via AppleInsider), they stumbled across a mysterious chip has since been speculated could be the A10.
However they also suggested that due to the size, it might be a bit small to be the A10 and that it might simply be an Apple/Dialog Semi power management IC, but since we can’t say for sure, it’s really anyone’s guess until Apple actually bothers to come forward to clarify it (which we doubt that they will).
Like we said, Apple hasn’t really made a big deal about the A10 Fusion being in the iMac Pro, if at all, which is odd considering that this would be a first for Apple. Either way even if the chip isn’t the A10, the idea of ARM chipsets powering computers isn’t exactly new. In fact recently the folks at Qualcomm have started to promote laptops that are powered by its Snapdragon 835 chipset, and we have also heard rumors that a new Snapdragon-powered Chromebook could be in the works.