Apple unveiled its much-anticipated new Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup with the M1 Pro and M1 Max systems-on-chip (SoCs). For the first time, the M1 Pro and M1 Max feature a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. As well as fast unified memory, incredible power efficiency, and increased memory bandwidth and capacity, the chips offer industry-leading performance per watt.
The M1 Pro supports up to 32GB of unified memory with 200GB/s of memory bandwidth. The M1 Max delivers up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth – two times that of M1 Pro and nearly six times that of M1. It also supports up to 64GB of unified memory. With 16GB of graphics memory on the latest PC laptops, this massive amount of memory enables graphics-intensive workflows not previously possible on a notebook. They provide the same level of performance whether the Apple’s MacBook Pro is plugged in or using the battery because of their efficient architecture. A dedicated ProRes accelerator is also available on the M1 Pro and M1 Max for professional video processing. M1 Pro and M1 Max are Apple’s two most powerful processors to date.
Price of Apple M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max
Apple makes both the M1 Pro and M1 Max in-house, so you can only find them on Apple computers. It is not possible to price silicon alone, but rather the entire product that contains it.
In the 14-inch MacBook Pro, with an M1 Pro, there are only 14 cores instead of the typical 16 cores. On a 14-inch Pro or a 16-inch MacBook Pro, which is the same price, you must pay at least $2,499 for the 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU. From there, you can upgrade to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.
The M1 Max requires a lot more money. The 14-inch laptop comes with a minimum price of $2,899 with a 10-core CPU and 24-core GPU (this also gives you 32GB of RAM). Getting the full-fat 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU, however, will cost you an additional $700, or $3,099 (again, with 32GB of memory).
With the 24-core GPU and 32-core GPU, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro Max costs $3,099 or $3,299, respectively. Both have 32GB of RAM and 512GB SSDs out of the box, but upgradeable models cost more.
Battery Life of the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max
Apple doesn’t discuss battery life by the processor, but rather by laptop size. Based on its video playback tests, it claims the 14-inch MacBook Pro will have a battery life of up to 17 hours, and the 16-inch version will have up to 21 hours.
These MacBooks will need to perform in other benchmarks and in real-world scenarios before we can know if they can beat any of the best ultrabooks and premium laptops
Display connectivity for the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max
The M1’s limited ability to power one external display was a disappointment to some creative professionals. That has changed with the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
A pair of Apple Pro Display XDR displays can be connected to the M1 Pro, while the M1 Max supports up to three Pro Display XDR displays and a 4K TV simultaneously.
Which games and apps run natively?
It hasn’t changed since the Apple M1. Since the release of that chip, many developers have released native versions of their popular apps, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Photoshop, Pixelmator, Spotify, Logic Pro, Da Vinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Microsoft Office 2019.
You’ll need to run them in Rosetta 2, Apple’s emulator if they are still built for x86 processors. A few apps, however, still fail to run. Most of this record-keeping has been crowdsourced by Apple developers and users, such as isapplesiliconready.com and applesilicongames.com.
A fast, efficient media engine that now supports ProRes
Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max feature a media engine that accelerates video processing and provides maximum battery life. In addition, the M1 Pro includes dedicated acceleration for the ProRes professional video codec, enabling the playback of multiple streams of high-quality ProRes video in 4K and 8K while consuming very little power. The M1 Max goes even further by delivering up to two times faster video encoding than the M1 Pro, as well as two ProRes accelerators. Compared to the 16-inch MacBook Pro of the previous generation, the new Apple’s MacBook Pro is capable of transcoding ProRes videos up to a remarkable 10x faster with M1 Max.
Additionally, macOS combined with M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max offers industry-leading security protections, including hardware-verified secure boot, runtime anti-exploitation, and fast, inline encryption for files. Over 10,000 Universal apps and plug-ins are available for Apple’s Mac platform, which runs natively on Apple silicon. In addition to running existing Mac apps seamlessly with Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology, users can also run iPhone and iPad apps directly on the Mac, opening up a whole new world of possibilities.