Apple debuts new M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets

This evening Apple held its latest consumer-focused event, debuting a new MacBook Pro, updated AirPods Pro, HomePod Mini and a couple of services. At the centre of the event, however, was new silicon in the form of the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

Now in its second year of officially making its own chipsets, the M1 Pro and M1 Max are billed as Apple’s most powerful to date.

“The CPU in M1 Pro and M1 Max delivers up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, so tasks like compiling projects in Xcode are faster than ever. The GPU in M1 Pro is up to 2x faster than M1, while M1 Max is up to an astonishing 4x faster than M1, allowing pro users to fly through the most demanding graphics workflows,” explains a press announcement from Apple on the new silicon.

Further unpacking some of the elements, the company notes that the M1 Pro offers up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth with support for up to 32GB of unified memory.

The M1 Max doubles this by delivering up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth and nearly six times that of M1, with support for up to 64GB of unified memory.

“Utilizing the industry-leading 5-nanometer process technology, M1 Pro packs in 33.7 billion transistors, more than 2x the amount in M1. A new 10-core CPU, including eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, is up to 70 percent faster than M1, resulting in unbelievable pro CPU performance,” adds Apple.

“M1 Max features the same powerful 10-core CPU as M1 Pro and adds a massive 32-core GPU for up to 4x faster graphics performance than M1. With 57 billion transistors — 70 percent more than M1 Pro and 3.5x more than M1 — M1 Max is the largest chip Apple has ever built,” it continues.

In terms of hardware, unlike last year’s M1 unveiling, only a new MacBook Pro has been showcased sporting this latest silicon. That will likely change in the coming months, with iMac and Mac Mini options powered by the Pro or Max will be on the way.

Locally though, we will need to wait to see when the new MacBook Pro with Pro and Max chipsets will be available in South Africa and for how much.


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