New Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max Silicon processor features and capabilities

New Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max Silicon processor features and capabilities

Apple just added two new versions in their MacBook Pro lineup which are reportedly 14” and 16” MacBook Pro 2021.

The whole world was looking at this, discussing the possibilities, and spreading rumors about the new processor.

When the whole internet said for sure that the new processor would be M1X, Apple proved it completely wrong.

Apple breaks the internet with two of the biggest powerful and upgraded processors Apple has built so far. They are M1 Pro and M1 Max.

And what we have got to know from the benchmark report, these new M1 editions are several times faster than traditional Intel and Ryzen processors.

Apple has debuted its in-house built M1 series processor in 2020 and it’s not too late to bring the sequel of this.

After reviewing the latest MacBook Pro 14” and 16”, we prepared this article to let you know some interesting facts about the new Apple silicon processor.

m1 pro processor

Introducing to M1 Pro: A solid SoC build for professionals

Apple upgraded its inbuilt M1 chip and named it M1 Pro. It proves itself as a pro-SOC not only in name but also in terms of performance and capabilities.

Apple utilizes 5-nanometer process technology and puts 33.7 billion transistors in this SoC. If you are considering the specialties of this processor, M1 Pro packs up 2x more than its predecessor M1.

To learn more about this Pro SoC architecture, let’s drive deep inside of M1 Pro.

Chip Name: M1 Pro

Total transistor: 33.7 billion

Total CPU Cores: 10 Core

Performance Cores: 8 performance cores

Efficiency Cores: 2 efficiency cores

GPU Cores: 16 GPU cores

Neural engine Cores: 16

Unified memory support: up to 32 GB

Memory bandwidth: up to 200 Gbps

M1 Pro integrated into the latest MacBook Pro 14” and 16”. And hopefully, we will get it in the upcoming biggest 32” iMac soon.

m1 max processor

Introducing to M1 Max: The world’s most powerful SoC so far

Unbelievably, Apple released two new editions of M1 chip at the same time. We have already introduced M1 Pro and now it is M1 Max.

According to Apple, M1 Max is the last version of Apple’s M1 series. Apple is planning to bring out new SoC series M2 in 2022.

However, M1 Max includes the same CPU, performance, and proficiency cores but developed in GPU cores to allow users to perform more critical graphics operations with it.

If you want to know what makes M1 Max the world’s most powerful SoC right now, here are all the details of M1 Max for you.

Chip Name: M1 Max

Total transistor: 57 billion

Total CPU Cores: 10 cores

Performance Cores: 8 performance cores

Efficiency Cores: 2 efficiency cores

GPU Cores: 32 cores

Neural engine Cores: 16 Neural engine cores

Unified memory support: Up to 64 Gb

Memory bandwidth: 400 Gbps

Why is everyone talking about M1 Pro and M1 Max?

Since Apple announced the two new editions of M1 processor on October 18, it promptly comes in everyone’s interest.

It suddenly breaks the internet and takes place at the top of all tech websites, news and magazines. The reason why everyone is talking about M1 Pro and M1 Max is the advanced technology Apple used in these SoC’s to result in a complete Pro level system on chips.

And they are very successful in this regard. It is now confirmed that M1 Pro and M1 Max are capable of providing industry-leading performance.

The M1 chip which is the predecessor of Apple’s Arm-based silicon processor was also powerful enough but in comparison, it is far away from M1 Pro or M1 Max.

The new M1 editions show 70% more performance than the previous M1 chip. However, Apple just introduced the new processors in its MacBook Pro lineup.

And soon we hope to get the new processor in the upcoming biggest iMac 32″. If you are interested to learn more about M1 Pro and M1 Max, look over the discussions below.

Faster than ever

Apple confirms that the new A-series chips can provide faster performance than any other available SoCs in the current market.

And later it is ensured by several sources that M1 Pro and M1 Max are capable of accelerating higher performance through their powerful system on chips.

According to Apple, M1 Pro and M1 Max can deliver 70% faster CPU performance than M1. As it includes 8 high-performance cores to provide industry-leading performance per watt, there are also 2 high-efficiency cores that are proven for incredible power efficiency.

Besides, they are designed to support increased unified memory like M1 Pro supports up to 32 GB of memory and M1 Max supports up to 64 GB of unified memory.

So, you can go faster than ever with the current MacBook Pro 14” and 16” versions.

Designed for creators

Apple was intended to raise not only the unique but the world’s first and fastest system on a chip that results in a completely new level of system performance where no one can reach before.

With this new Pro system on chips, you can do highest-end graphic design, video editing, 3D art, and other high professional tasks.

For instance, Apple just bring the software update for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. These software’s only comes with Mac and is used by professional video and music content creators.

To keep balance with the latest powerful hardware upgrade in Mac, Apple updates Final Cut Pro 10.6 and Logic Pro 10.7 with new updated feature offerings.

With the combination of such powerful hardware and software installment, you can now play seven streams of 8K ProRes at full resolution — over 230 million pixels — and export ProRes video over 5x faster than before on a 16” MacBook Pro with M1 Max.

Blackmagic ascertains that M1 Pro and M1 Max are able to show 5x better performance in 8K video editing than M1.

For software and game developers, the new M1 pro and M1 Max kinda blessing as they can now swiftly go with critical developing operations with macOS.

macbook pro battery

Incredible battery life

If you are familiar with using MacBook pro with M1 chip, you have experienced its longer battery life. Usually, Macs are known for their heavy-duty battery and since M1 chip was invented and integrated into MacBook lineup, it significantly delivers battery saving performance.

M1 chips (M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max) are packed with double efficiency core which incredibly enhances the battery performance.

Apples say their new MacBook pro-14” and 16” can deliver better, faster, and upgraded performance while consuming 70% less power compared with other high-end PC and laptops.

It becomes possible because of the two efficiency cores integrated into M1 pro and M1 Max. Even if you are going through high battery-consuming activities like video editing, watching videos, music production, or whatever, you can go breakless, without worrying about battery life.

You can consider GPU power consumption rate of MacBook pro with any other highest-end laptop build, but the result will go to M1’s side.

According to PCMag’s battery rundown test, MacBook Pro 16” performs 20 hours and 13 minutes for nonstop video playback ‘Tears of steel’ at 720p and 50% brightness.

However, it is not so far as Intel will bring its own battery-consuming processor design which will be similar to Apple’s efficiency-minded core architecture. And probably it will come into being in its 12th Gen Alder Lake series.

Loaded with advanced custom technologies

In addition to new processors M1 pro and M1 Max, there are a lot more interesting aspects in the new MacBook Pro 14” and 16”.

Apple also brings a few visual adjustments in the new MacBook edition such as display with top notch, farewell to touch bar, return of MagSafe charging, etc.

However, the latest MacBook 14” and 16” 2021 has got advanced custom technologies. Its 16-core neural engine accelerates machine learning processes and executes pro workflows swiftly.

You can perceive 15x faster machine learning performance in image processing, voice recognition, video analysis, improving camera performance, and more.

Apple also develops insecurity by the latest Secure Enclave, hardware-verified secure boot, and runtime anti-exploitation technologies.

Media engine

Apple puts some work into the new MacBook Pro’s media engine to allow users to do complex media tasks with ease.

This integrated media engine boasts 8k video editing 5x better performance than M1. If you are a professional designer or developer, this is for you.

Apple says, “M1 Pro also includes dedicated acceleration for the ProRes professional video codec, allowing playback of multiple streams of high-quality 4K and 8K ProRes video while using very little power. M1 Max goes even further, delivering up to 2x faster video encoding than M1 Pro, and features two ProRes accelerators.”

Comparing with the previous 16” version, the new 16” MacBook Pro with M1 Max can transcode ProRes video in Compressor up to a remarkable 10x faster performance.

Here are the subtle details of this powerful media engine,

M1 Pro media engine

Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW

Video decode engine

Video encode engine

ProRes encode and decode engine

M1 Max media engine

Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW

Video decode engine

Two video encode engines

Two ProRes encode and decode engines

macbook pro display

Liquid Retina XDR display

Apple engineered the liquid retina XDR display for iPad at first. Also, it has brought 32” Pro Display XDR integrating its XDR technology.

And now we have this XDR display on MacBook Pro 14” and 16”. XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) display is designed to provide the highest-end viewing experience with extreme display capabilities.

If you aren’t concerned about the liquid retina display and excited enough, Apple isn’t new in retina display.

But this is the first time XDR involves in MacBook Pro display. XDR display incorporates several latest display technologies to result in more powerful display.

To make it capable of displaying high dynamic range (HDR) content, Apple employs,

  • ProMotion and True Tone display technologies for natural and responsive viewing experience
  • Ultra-low reflectivity technology helps to stay focused on the content even in low or high lighting conditions
  • Wide P3 color gamut to make rich and vibrant color experience

Without this, MacBook pro-14” and 16” 2021 liquid retina XDR display features,

  • 1600 nits peak brightness
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 1 billion color support
  • up to 120Hz refresh rates
  • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
macbook pro 14 inch and 16 inch

Apple MacBook Pro 14” and 16” full specs

Take a look at the Apple MacBook pro-14 “and 16” technology specifications below,

SpecsMacBook Pro 14” 2021MacBook Pro 16” 2021
ProcessorM1 ProM1 Pro and M1 Max
Operating systemmacOSmacOS
Display14.2-inch diagonal liquid retina XDR display16.2-inch diagonal liquid retina XDR display
Memory16 GB unified memory configurable up to 32 GB32 GB unified memory configurable up to 64 GB
Storage512 GB, 1 TB configurable up to 8 TB512 GB, 1 TB configurable up to 8 TB
GraphicsIntegrated 16 core graphic processing unit on the SoCIntegrated 32 core graphic processing unit on the SoC
Thunderbolt PortThree Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s), USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s), USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
Touch barRemovedRemoved
Battery70-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery100-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
Keyboard and trackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard and Force Touch trackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard and Force Touch trackpad
Wi fi802.11ax Wi-Fi 6802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera1080p FaceTime HD camera
m1 pro vs m1 max

MacBook pro M1 VS M1 Pro VS M1 Max

M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max are the three of the Apple M1 series SoC.  With the M1 Max, Apple officially indicates the end of the M1 series and gives advance messages about the upcoming M2 series.

In the above discussion, we have focused on all the necessary things you should know about the M1 Pro and M1 Max processor.

Those who are looking for the new processor, get more than they want. Apple has designed and built its new processor in a way that no one thought before.

Despite the high price of the new MacBook pro-14” and 16” people are highly preferring to buy MacBook pro 2021 over other available notebook options.

And those who can’t afford the high pricey M1 Pro and M1 Max, choose M1 Chip. However, choosing M1 chip won’t be a bad deal although. Because it is built the same way M1 Pro and M1 Max have been.

Here we make side-by-side features and specs demonstration of M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max.

ObjectivesM1M1 ProM1 Max
Total CPU cores81010
Performance cores488
Efficiency cores422
GPU cores7/81632
Neural engine cores161616
ProRes acceleratorn/a12
Memory bandwidthn/a200 Gbps400 Gbps
Memory support (Max)16 GB32 GB64 GB

Finally, the new MacBook Pro 14” and 16” is highly recommended notebook laptop for any kind of computing requirements. Through them, you can accomplish next-gen computing experience, faster and upgrade performance. It is worth even if it breaks your bank.

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