Since launching the Apple M1 processor last year, many rumours have surfaced about what’s next. While we expected an upgraded ‘M1X’ chip at some point later this year, it turns out Apple was actually working on two new SoCs – the M1 Pro and the M1 Max, bringing up to a 70 percent boost in CPU performance.
Based on the same architecture as the M1, the new M1 Pro and M1 Max are 70% faster in CPU performance than their predecessor. GPU performance was also improved, as the M1 Pro will be up to 2x faster than the M1 GPU, and the M1 Max will be up to 4x faster than its predecessor.
The M1 Pro packs a 10-core CPU (8x high performance and 2x high efficiency) built on the 5nm node, delivering 1.7x more performance than an 8-core PC laptop processor at the same power level, while also reaching the PC chip’s peak performance using up to 70% less power. Alongside the CPU, there’s a 16-core GPU and 32GB of unified memory (RAM VRAM) with a maximum memory bandwidth of 200GB/s.
The M1 Max goes a step further by packing the same 10-core CPU as the M1 Pro but using a 32-core GPU and 64GB of unified memory with a maximum bandwidth of 400GB/s. According to Apple, this GPU will offer similar performance to a high-end GPU in a compact pro PC laptop while consuming up to 40% less power. Comparing it to flagship GPUs for PC laptops, the M1 Max’s GPU will consume up to 100W less while offering a similar performance level.
Both chips will come with a 16-core Neural engine, a new display engine for multiple external displays, more Thunderbolt 4 controllers, Apple’s custom image signal processor, and improved security, including Apple’s Secure Enclave, hardware-verified secure boot and runtime anti-exploitation technologies. Both processors will be available in new MacBook Pro laptops launching this month.
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