Continuing Apple’s Transition Away From Intel
Apple is equipping its “powerful” new MacBook Pro laptops with not one but two types of new M1 chips — the M1 Pro and the M1 Max — and the company is promising “dramatically more performance” and “significantly less” power draw than comparable Intel processors.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company revealed the high-performance M1 variants at its virtual Unleashed event Monday as it completed its first year in what Apple CEO Tim Cook called a “two-year transition” from using Intel processors to chips designed in house for Mac computers. Prior to today’s reveal, rumors suggested that the new M1 Pro, M1 Max or both chips were going to be known as M1X.
“These are the most powerful Mac notebooks we‘ve ever built, and the best example yet of the extraordinary performance and capabilities we can deliver when we combine our most advanced Apple silicon with the power of macOS,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the new MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch models that are powered by the company’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
Pat Gelsinger, who became Intel’s CEO earlier this year, recently said in an interview with CRN that he’s turning his focus to enabling ecosystems that compete with Apple. However, he told Axios that he would like Intel to design chips for Apple again, though he expects that won’t happen for a while.
What follows are five important things to know about Apple’s new Arm-based chips, including the specs for M1 Pro and M1 Max, competitive performance comparisons against Intel and Nvidia, and why Apple is calling the new chips unprecedented in the industry.