Apple’s processor news was a little spoiled this morning when we got a look at the company’s M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. Though, if we’re being fair, it was only the name that was spoiled just before Apple’s event kicked off. What they consisted of…? Yeah, that was known at the beginning of this month.
Here are the M1 Pro and M1 Max
Apple‘s newest MacBook Pros are set to carry the company’s second-ever processor set made for notebooks. They’re also the fastest notebook chips Apple’s ever made — which doesn’t sound like much of an achievement but it really is.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max, as expected, both feature the same processing cores — eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores offer speeds of up to 200GB/s. The Pro does indeed feature 16 GPU cores, capable of speeds up to 5.2 teraflops while being rather low-energy… in a good way.
The Max’s 32 GPU cores have a corresponding graphics bump, which Apple acknowledges can be outdone by other notebook PCs… but at a substantial energy cost to those laptops compared to their hardware. But then, they would say that.
New capabilities for the MacBook Pros? Support for multiple displays and the ability to handle multiple 4K and 8K video streams at once — all from a pair of 5nm processors that are the largest the company has created to date. We’ll have more details about the actual hardware the M1 Pro and Max are installed in shortly.