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8 Big Features On Apple’s New MacBook Pro Models (With M1 Pro, M1 Max)

New high-performance Apple Silicon processors, higher RAM, larger display options, physical function keys and more ports are among the updates in Apple’s redesign of the MacBook Pro.

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Processor and RAM

Apple said that the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors will offer a massive performance boost over the M1 and previous Intel chips used in the MacBook Pro.

Both the M1 Pro and M1 Max come with a 10-core CPU (though the base-model 14-inch MacBook Pro includes an M1 Pro variant with an eight-core CPU).

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are differentiated based on their GPUs. The M1 Pro offers either a 14-core or 16-core GPU, depending on the MacBook Pro configuration chosen, while the M1 Max features a 24-core or 32-core GPU.

On performance, the 16.2-inch MacBook Pro will offer up to 2X faster CPU speeds than the previous 16-inch model with Intel Core i9, Apple said. The 16.2-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max will get an up to 4X GPU improvement over the prior model, while the notebook with the M1 Pro will get an up to 2.5X GPU improvement.

For the 14.2-inch MacBook Pro, CPU performance will improve by up to 3.7X versus the previous 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i7, according to Apple. GPU performance for the 14.2-inch model will jump by up to 13X for the model configured with M1 Max, and up to 9X for the model with M1 Pro.

The new MacBook Pros will also get a performance benefit from expanded RAM options. The models will both start at a base level of 16 GB of RAM, and will be configurable with 32 GB or 64 GB of RAM, as well. Previous Intel-powered MacBook Pro models had maxed out at 32 GB of RAM, while the M1 MacBook Pro offers a maximum of 16 GB of RAM.

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