Apple today announced its latest Apple silicon chips, the M1 Pro and M1 Max. The M1 Pro is based on the 5 nm manufacturing process and contains 33.7 billion transistors.
The memory bandwidth has been increased to 200 GB / s, with up to 32 GB of unified memory support. The 10-core CPU in the M1 Pro is 70 percent faster than the M1, with the 16-core GPU offering twice as high performance as the first Apple Silicon.
“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry leading energy efficiency. With the M1 Pro and M1 Max, nobody has yet applied a system-on-a-chip design to a professional system. With massive increases in CPU and GPU performance, up to six times more memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators and other advanced technologies, the M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple silicon even further and are unlike anything else in one professional notebook. ”said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies.
The new chip can also natively encode / decode ProRes for even better video editing performance.
In contrast to the M1 chip, the M1 Pro supports multiple displays, additional Thunderbolt controllers to provide additional bandwidth, and more.
Additionally, Apple announced the M1 Max, which features a whopping 57 billion transistors with a bandwidth of 400 GB / s and support for up to 64 GB of unified memory. It is up to 2x faster than the M1 Pro, with the 32-core GPU 4x faster than the M1.
Apple claims that the M1 Max offers the best performance per watt and uses 70 percent less power than Intel chips for even better performance.
Apple has also optimized macOS for Apple Silicon, with ML performance three times faster than Intel-based Macs. The company claimed that there are now over 10,000 universal Apple Silicon-optimized apps available on the Mac App Store.
The new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips will be available in the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.