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AppleMagazine|October 22, 2021
The most powerful Pro lineup ever created

After what feels like a lifetime of waiting, Apple has finally unveiled its next-generation MacBook Pro line-up, bringing the power of M1 and stepping it up a gear.

The new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips bring Apple’s vision for a world beyond Intel to life, no doubt sparking the interest of creatives around the world. Apple has finally put the Pro back into the MacBook.

MINDBLOWING CAPABILITIES

There has been much speculation about the new MacBook Pro range, and though Apple took a little longer to give its 14-inch and 16-inch models the same love as the Mac mini and iPad Pro, the wait has undoubtedly been worth it. Rather than putting the standard M1 chip into the new Pro range, Apple has taken things to a whole new level, revolutionizing the Mac experience and demonstrating the sheer power and capabilities of the range. It’s the biggest announcement since the company began to transition to Apple silicon, with both the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips applying system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture for the first time, offering fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth which will deliver unparalleled performance with best-in-class performance per watt. The M1 Pro takes the architecture of the M1 to new heights, with an up-to-10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, along with an up-to-16-core GPU, which delivers up to twice as fast GPU performance. The M1 Pro also offers up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth — nearly 3x the bandwidth of M1, and supports 32GB of fast unified memory. It’s designed to speed up video workflows, with a ProRes accelerator added to the media engine to deliver truly fast, power-efficient video editing. It’s setting a new standard for laptops in every genre.

The M1 Max, on the other hand, takes the most powerful chip to even greater heights. As well as the 10-core CPU as found on the M1 Pro, the Max doubles the GPU with up to a massive 32 cores for up to 4x faster GPU performance than M1. It also offers up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth — 2x that of M1 Pro and nearly 6x that of M1 — and up to 64GB of fast unified memory. Apple says that the M1 Max is “game-changing for pro workloads, allowing pros to do things that were previously unimaginable on a notebook,” and adds that the new MacBook Pro can now “easily work with extreme geometry and textures in scenes that pro PC laptops can’t even run.” The M1 Max also offers an enhanced media engine that features two ProRes accelerators, allowing users to edit 30 streams of 4K ProRes video or up to seven streams of 8K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro, and video editors can grade color in HDR on 8K ProRes 4444 video on battery, something that’s never before been possible.

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