Apple's M4 chipset tipped for Q1 2025 release, Snapdragon's 8-Core competitor emerges

Apple's M4 chipset is expected to include advanced AI-powered features
The image shows the Apple M3 chipset architecture. — Apple
The image shows the Apple M3 chipset architecture. — Apple

Reports indicate that Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro, featuring the anticipated M4 chipset, might not debut until sometime in 2025.

Although the device and its system-on-chip (SoC) are reportedly in advanced stages of development, insiders suggest a launch window in the first quarter of 2025, though delays could push this to the second quarter.

Following the release of the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max in October 2023, Apple enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the M3 Ultra, expected to power upcoming Mac Pro and Mac Studio models. While specifics about the M4 chipset are currently scarce, Canalys has provided a roadmap hinting at its potential early 2025 release.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is gearing up to rival Apple's chipset prowess. The company is reportedly developing three variants of its Snapdragon X Elite line, aiming to challenge not only the M4 but Apple's more advanced chipsets as well.

Qualcomm's flagship in this series is a robust 12-core processor, with its two other models featuring 10 and 8 cores, respectively. These variants are poised to compete with Apple's MacBook Air models, especially since the 12-core Snapdragon X Elite reportedly outperforms Apple's M3 in multi-core benchmarks.

Apple's M4 chipset, with a proposed Q1 2025 launch date, is expected to include advanced AI-powered features. In a market brimming with innovation, rivals like Intel and AMD are also preparing their chipset releases to coincide with the M4's arrival. We'll keep you updated with the latest developments in this rapidly evolving sector.