M1 Pro , M1 Max

Apple vs Apple: Comparing the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max.

With the launch of the Pro MacBooks Apple released two new SoCs (M1 Pro & M1 Max) that deliver higher performance than the current M1 SoC. These new processors are product of Apple’s transition to custom in-house silicon that the company announced back in 2020. 

These custom ARM based chipsets first debuted in the form of the extremely popular M1 alongside the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The recently announced M1 Pro and M1 Max are a step further in the direction to going completely free from the slow Intel timeline.

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Apple’s M1 series of Chips are based off the A series chips that the company uses in its iPhones. This allows the Mac systems to be extremely energy efficient while still being very powerful.

These Intel killers have separate high-performance and high efficiency cores, they also have a set of GPU cores and a dedicated neural engine for machine learning tasks. These also have various hardware accelerators giving the devices a major advantage in specific tasks. This philosophy of designing hardware for specific tasks has been proving to be superior to Intel’s method of designing cores that compute very type of task given to it.

M1 Pro, M1 Max CPU Charts

The M1 was already an impressive piece for Apple’s first attempt at making a chip for Laptops and Desktops, and was already making Intel and AMD’s offerings look inferior. The M1 Pro and M1 Max take the entirety of the M1 chipset and almost doubles and at some tasks even quadruples what the already breathtaking M1 can do. The M1 Pro and Max are aimed at professionals and Apple seems to have taken care of every single issues they might have faced using the standard first gen silicon. 

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Choosing the right chip for you could be a bit confusing considering the fact that there are multiple variations in these chipsets carrying the same name. With different numbers of CPU and GPU cores Apple brought in variation but the way it is done could be a bit intimidating to the buyer. The M1 Pro for instance has two versions, one with 8 CPU cores and 14 GPU cores and one with 10 CPU cores and 16 GPU cores. The M1 Max has versions with 10 CPU cores and either 24 or 32 GPU cores.  

M1 v M1 Pro v M1 Max

M1M1 ProM1 Max
CPU Cores88 or 1010
Performance Cores46 or 88
High Efficiency Cores422
GPU Cores7 or 814 or 1624 or 32
Neural Engine Cores161616
Maximum Memory Supported16GB32GB64GB
Peak Memory Bandwidth68.25 GB/s200 GB/s400GB/s
ProRes AcceleratorN/A12

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Apple releases M1 based MacBook Pros: The M1 is going Pro.

On 18th of October at its “Unleashed” event Apple released its most awaited product of the year the Apple silicon based MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro series comes with bigger so-called up versions of the M1 SoC which the company calls M1 Pro and the top of the line M1 Max. The notebook is available in 14-inch and 16-inch display variants and will be the biggest update to the MacBook in the past couple of years where Apple almost messed up the Pro workflow.

The new M1 Pro and M1 Max are beefed up versions of the already excellent M1 and do allow upto 10-core CPU and 32-Core GPU with upto 64 GB of unified memory.

New Silicon

The Cupertino giant revealed the plan to transition from Intel to its own custom in-house silicon in 2020. The M1 which was Apple’s first custom SoC in a Mac was ARM based hence provided huge performance improvements while still consuming a lot less power.

Today the iPhone maker announced the M1 Pro and the M1 Max which are further supposed to increase performance using more high performance cores. 

MacBook Pro M1 Pro Max

The M1 Pro as well as M1 Max have a total of 10 CPU cores of which 2 are high-efficiency and 2 high 8 high-performance. Both the SoCs have a 16 core neural engine. And while M1 Pro has a maximum of 16 core GPU with 32 GB of unified memory, the M1 Max has 32 Core GPU and upto 64GB of unified memory.

The marketing charts and numbers given by Apple show that the M1 Pro and M1 Max show upto 1.7 times more power while still using upto 70% less power. The M1 Pro’s GPU is 2 times faster than the M1 while the M1 Max is 4 times faster than the M1 in GPU performance. 


The MacBook Pro 2021 has a completely new display panel now with a notch for the camera and thinner bezels. The Display itself if a MiniLED panel giving out a 1000 nits of full screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness and 10,00,000:1 contrast ratio. The display now also supports Apple’s ProMotion or adaptive refresh rate with upto 120Hz. The notch at the top of the screen hosts a new 1080p FaceTime camera but despite the massive size lacks other sensors required for FaceID. 

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The display supports the complete P3 wide colour gamut, HDR, and XDR output. 


In 2016 Apple gave the MacBook Pro a major redesign making the device thin light and portable and in the process got rid of a lot of very important ports. This time around Apple went back and brought back the HDMI port and the SD card slot along with three USB-C thunderbolt 4 ports. Bringing a relief to the professionals as they no longer have to carry around weird dongles for basic functionality. 

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Apple has also brought back the MagSafe magnetic connecter for charging the device. However users can still use the USB-C port for charging the device similar to current devices. 

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A Lot More

Connectivity options on the MacBook Pro include Bluetooth v5.0 and WiFi 6. The User can also connect upto 3 Pro Display XDR and a 4K TV simultaneously to the M1 Max based devices and 2 Pro Display XDRs and a 4k TV to the M1 Pro

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The 14” model now provides a 17 hour battery life while the 16” model boasts a massive 21 hour battery life. The company also claims that the device now uses a newer thermal system that can move upto 50% more air even at lower fan speeds. 

New speaker system on these MacBook Pro models include 6 speakers of which 2 are tweeters while other 4 are force-cancelling woofers.

Apple claims that using its new M1 Max chip, pros can edit up to 30 streams of 4K ProRes video or up to seven streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro — more streams than on a 28-core Mac Pro with Afterburner.

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Both M1 Pro and M1 are also paired with a 16-core Neural Engine that helps enhance machine learning capabilities on the new MacBook Pro models. As per some numbers shared publicly, the built-in Neural Engine delivers up to 8.7 times faster object tracking performance in Final Cut Pro with M1 Pro and up to 11.5 times faster with M1 Max. There is also up to 2.6 times faster performance when selecting subjects in images in Adobe Photoshop. 

The MacBook Pro 2021 will come preinstalled with the MacOS Monterey and the OS will also be available to older devices running the MacOS BigSur. The MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max are true Pro machines and do provide the power needed by the creative professionals claims Apple. 

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The pricing for the 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) starts at Rs. 1,94,900 and is also available for education at Rs. 1,75,410. The 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) model starts at Rs. 2,15,910 for education and Rs. 2,39,900 for regular customers.

In the US, the 14-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) starts at $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1,50,400), while the 16-inch version is priced at $2,499 (roughly Rs. 1,88,100).

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2 new MacBook Pros are less than a week away

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WWDC is less than a week away and we have reports of what Apple might have upcoming in the hardware side of things.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives shared the information to investors saying that two new MacBook Pro models are less than a week away and might come at the WWDC 2021 Keynote.

These machines are expected to be released with newer and more powerful versions of the Apple Silicon chipset. These could be the rumored M1x MacBooks with an increased number of high-performance cores compared to the M1 SoC. The machine is expected to have better graphics as well as a completely redesigned body.

The two models expected to release are a more powerful 14” Pro and the mega beast 16” Pro.

The upcoming models are suspected to have more performance cores, more integrated graphics cores or even dedicated graphics, a wide range of ports, and no touch bar. These could be the most perfect MacBooks Apple has released in years.