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Apple Introduces M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip

At WWDC 2020, Apple announced its plan for transitioning the whole Mac lineup from Intel chip to the company’s custom-designed Apple Silicon chip. The company planned this transition for the next two years. Following the roadmap, last year in November Apple announced its first Apple Silicon named M1. In the same event, three products were launched powered by the M1 chip: MacBook Air M1, Pro M1, and Mac Mini.

When these products went for sale the response was just amazing. The performance was just amazing in comparison to the Intel chips. The real excitement was if the first generation of Apple Silicon is so powerful and blows away the competition, how will the performance of upcoming chips be? Fast forward a few months and we started hearing rumours about the new chip in the Apple Silicon lineup named M1 Pro and sometimes M1 Max.

Last week when Apple announced the date of its October 18th event. It was sort of confirmed that Apple will launch new MacBook Pros powered by the rumoured M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Just as expected Apple held its online event where the company announced AirPods 3rd generation M1 Pro, and M1 Max chip and lastly two new MacBook Pros: MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch powered by the newly announced chips. You might be excited to know about everything that these new chip packs.

Highlighting part of M1 Pro and M1 Max is these chips pack up to 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and industry-leading power efficiency. As per the claim made by Apple, the CPU performance is now 70% faster than the previous generation already very powerful M1 chip. The GPU performance is 2x faster than M1 in the case of M1 Pro and 4x faster than M1 on M1 Max.

Just like Apple M1 the M1 Pro and M1 Max are built on an SoC architecture. It means the whole chip is designed on a single chip. The newly announced chips have fast unified memory, an industry-leading performance per watt performance, and even better power efficiency. The M1 Pro has support for 200GB/s memory bandwidth and 32GB of unified memory whereas the M1 Max has the support for 400Gb/s memory bandwidth and 64Gb unified memory. The numbers of M1 Max are crazy and in comparison, it is 2x better than M1 Pro and 6x better than M1.

Where other chips’ performance significantly drops on battery power M1 Pro and M1 Max provides the same level of performance whether the powered devices are plugged in or on battery. These chips also have dedicated media engines with ProRes accelerators. We will discuss both these chips in a bit more detail so keep reading.

Apple M1 Pro

The Apple M1 Pro is built on a 5nm process tech. It packs 33.7 billion transistors which are more than 2x than the last generation M1 chip. As mentioned earlier it packs a 10-core CPU. The core distribution is eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores. Apple made a claim of 70% faster CPU performance than the Apple M1. The Cupertino giant also compared it with an unknown latest 8-core PC laptop. At the same power as the PC laptop, it is 1.7x faster and it achieves the peak performance of a PC chip by using 70% less power. So when utilizing full power it is much more powerful than the competition and at the same time, it is very power efficient as well. What does it mean for end Pro users? The M1 Pro can easily handle the most demanding tasks like high-resolution photo and 4k video editing.

Coming to the GPU, the M1 Pro packs a 16 core GPU. In comparison to M1, it is 2x faster. When compared with integrated graphics on the latest 8-core PC laptop it is a massive 7x faster. In the case of discrete GPU, it is able to provide more performance with 70% less power. The M1 Pro has also got the support for 32GB unified memory and up to 200GB/s memory bandwidth.

Apple M1 Max

Now coming to the ultimate beast M1 Max, it also packs a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU. The GPU performance is said to be 4x faster than M1. Can you imagine what would be the equivalent of 4x faster than an M1? The M1 Max packs a massive 57 billion transistors. These numbers are just crazy: 70% more than the M1 Pro and 3.5x more than the M1. It is also the largest chip ever built by Apple.

As per Apple’s claim the GPU performance is comparable to a high-end GPU in a compact pro PC laptop even when consuming 40% less power. It is able to achieve similar performance to the same high-end PC laptop using 100watts of less power. Utilizing less power means less heat on the system, fans run quietly or don’t turn on at all. It will lead to better battery life on the devices powered by M1 Max.

In day-to-day real-world usage M1, Max is able to do 13x faster complex timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro to previous gen. 13 inch Intel-powered MacBook Pro. It has higher bandwidth on-chip fabric. The chip also packs double the memory interface 400GB/s. It is a 6x higher memory bandwidth than the M1. It also has the support for up to 64Gb unified memory.

Features Present on Both M1 Pro and M1 Max

Both M1 Pro and M1 Max have the Apple-designed media engine. It accelerates video processing. For better AI performance these chips pack a 16-core neural engine. Apple has also added a new display engine to support up to three Pro Display XDR. To support high-resolution 1080p cameras on newly MacBook Pros Apple has added a custom ISP as well. The chips are very powerful on the security front as well as packing security enclave, hardware-verified secure boot runtime, and anti-exploitation tech.

So, these are all the features of the newly launched Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Apple has made some really groundbreaking improvements in it. What do you guys think about the M1 Pro and M1 Max? Do let us know in the comments.

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