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Introducing the M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple’s most powerful chips yet.

New CPUs with up to a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and industry-leading power efficiency power the all-new MacBook Pro.

 

A graphic representation of M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple’s new chips for the Mac.
M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built, delivering unprecedented performance and power efficiency.

 

M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple’s next breakthrough CPUs for the Mac, were revealed today. M1 Pro combines exceptional performance with industry-leading power efficiency, while M1 Max pushes these capabilities to new heights by scaling up M1’s transformative architecture. The CPU in the M1 Pro and M1 Max is up to 70% faster than the M1, making tasks like compiling projects in Xcode faster than ever before. M1 Pro’s GPU is up to 2x faster than M1’s, and M1 Max’s GPU is up to 4x faster than M1, allowing professionals to breeze through even the most demanding graphics workloads.

 

For the first time in pro systems, the M1 Pro and M1 Max include a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Fast unified memory, industry-leading performance per watt, and amazing power efficiency, as well as enhanced memory bandwidth and capacity, are all features of the processors. The M1 Pro supports up to 32GB of unified memory and has a memory bandwidth of up to 200GB/s. M1 Max has a memory bandwidth of up to 400GB/s, which is 2x that of M1 Pro and roughly 6x that of M1, as well as compatibility for up to 64GB of unified memory. While the latest PC laptops have a maximum graphics memory of 16GB, having this much memory allows for graphics-intensive workflows that were previously unthinkable on a notebook. Because of the M1 Pro and M1 Max’s efficient architecture, they give the same level of performance whether the MacBook Pro is plugged in or running on battery power.

 

“With remarkable performance, custom technology, and industry-leading power efficiency, M1 has changed our most popular systems.” “Until today with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, no one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. “With enormous improvements in CPU and GPU speed, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, the M1 Pro and M1 Max push Apple silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in a professional laptop.”
                                                                                                              M1 Pro: Unprecedented Performance and Capability
M1 Pro has 33.7 billion transistors, more than twice as many as M1, thanks to the industry-leading 5-nanometer manufacturing technology. A new 10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores outperforms the M1 by up to 70%, resulting in incredible pro CPU performance. When compared to the latest 8-core PC laptop processor, the M1 Pro delivers up to 1.7x greater CPU performance at the same power level and uses up to 70% less power to achieve the PC chip’s peak performance. 1 M1 Pro is capable of handling even the most demanding jobs, such as high-resolution photo editing.
M1 Pro contains a 16-core GPU, which is up to 2x faster than M1 and up to 7x quicker than the integrated graphics on the most recent 8-core PC laptop chip. 1 When compared to a strong discrete GPU for PC notebooks, the M1 Pro delivers up to 70% better performance while utilizing 70% less power. 2 M1 Pro can also be customized with up to 32GB of fast unified memory and up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth, allowing 3D artists and game developers to do more on the road than ever before.
A graph shows CPU performance versus of various laptop chips, revealing high performance and lower power usage for M1 Pro and M1 Max.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max include an up-to-10-core CPU that is up to 1.7x quicker at the same power level than the latest 8-core PC laptop chip, and consumes up to 70% less power.
                                                                               
                                                                                  The World’s Most Powerful Chip for a Pro Notebook is the M1 Max.

 

M1 Max has the same strong 10-core CPU as M1 Pro, but it also has a large 32-core GPU that delivers up to 4x faster graphics performance than M1. M1 Max is Apple’s largest chip, with 57 billion transistors, 70 percent more than M1 Pro and 3.5 times more than M1. Furthermore, the GPU provides performance comparable to a high-end GPU in a compact pro PC laptop while consuming up to 40% less power, as well as performance comparable to the highest-end GPU in the largest PC laptops while consuming up to 100 watts less power. 2 This means less heat is generated, fans run silently and less frequently, and the new MacBook Pro’s battery life is excellent. When compared to the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro, the M1 Max changes graphics-intensive operations, including up to 13x faster complicated timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro.

M1 Max also has a higher-bandwidth on-chip fabric and twice the memory interface over M1 Pro, allowing for up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth, or approximately 6x that of M1. As a result, the M1 Max may be equipped with up to 64GB of rapid unified memory. M1 Max is the most powerful chip ever built for a professional notebook, with unrivaled performance.

A graph shows that M1 Max and its up-to-32-core GPU delivers the same graphics performance as that in a high-end compact PC pro laptop while using up to 40 percent less power.
                                                                                       Now with ProRes support, it’s a fast and efficient media engine.
The Apple-designed media engine in the M1 Pro and M1 Max speeds up video processing while extending battery life. M1 Pro also incorporates specialized ProRes video codec acceleration, enabling for the simultaneous playing of several streams of high-quality 4K and 8K ProRes video while consuming very little power. M1 Max goes even farther, with two ProRes accelerators and up to 2x quicker video encoding than M1 Pro. When compared to the previous-generation 16-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with M1 Max can transcode ProRes video in Compressor up to 10x faster.
The newest MacBook Pro is shown making use of its dedicated ProRes accelerators.
M1 Pro and M1 Max add dedicated ProRes accelerators in the media engine, delivering unbelievably fast and power-efficient video processing.

Advanced Technologies for a Complete Pro System

Both M1 Pro and M1 Max are loaded with advanced custom technologies that help push pro workflows to the next level:
  • A 16-core Neural Engine for on-device machine learning acceleration and improved camera performance.
  • A new display engine drives multiple external displays.
  • Additional integrated Thunderbolt 4 controllers provide even more I/O bandwidth.
  • Apple’s custom image signal processor, along with the Neural Engine, uses computational video to enhance image quality for sharper video and more natural-looking skin tones on the built-in camera.
  • Best-in-class security, including Apple’s latest Secure Enclave, hardware-verified secure boot, and runtime anti-exploitation technologies.
Multiple external displays are shown with the new MacBook Pro.
A powerful display engine in M1 Pro and M1 Max drive multiple external displays, while additional Thunderbolt controllers deliver more I/O bandwidth.

A Significant Step Towards Apple Silicon

The Mac has now been on Apple silicon for a year, and the M1 Pro and M1 Max are still another significant step forward. These are Apple’s most powerful and capable chips to date, and they join the M1 to form a chip family that leads the industry in performance, custom technology, and power efficiency.

Unleash the M1 Pro and M1 Max’s Potential with macOS and Apps

macOS Monterey is designed to unleash the full potential of the M1 Pro and M1 Max, giving exceptional performance, pro features, and battery life. The Mac comes up instantaneously from sleep, and the entire system is speedy and very responsive, thanks to Monterey’s design for Apple silicon. Apps can take full advantage of the new CPUs thanks to developer tools like Metal, while Core ML optimizations use the powerful Neural Engine to make machine learning models run even faster. Advanced power management capabilities intelligently allocate workloads between the performance and efficiency cores for both exceptional speed and battery life, and pro app workload data is utilized to assist optimize how macOS assigns multi-threaded activities to the CPU cores for best performance.

MacOS with M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max also provides industry-leading security features like as hardware-verified safe boot, runtime anti-exploitation technologies, and rapid, in-line file encryption. There are nearly 10,000 Universal programs and plug-ins available, and all of Apple’s Mac apps are optimized for — and run natively on — Apple silicon. Existing Mac apps that haven’t been updated to Universal will work with Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology, and users will be able to run iPhone and iPad apps directly on the Mac, opening up a whole new world of possibilities.