The new M1 Pro and M1 Max better integrate the computers & new trouble for intel
The combination of the Windows operating system and Intel chips was once so successful that the duo was referred to as “Wintel”. Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops, revealed Monday, show just how much things have changed.
At the core of Apple’s new 14- and 16-inch computers is a pair of custom chips the M1 Pro and M1 Max that demonstrate. The benefits of designing your own silicon especially when you also make the software to run on it.
Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. Craig Federighi, said the MacOS and software apps had been recrafted to get the most out of the new chips and at the same time use less power. Because Apple’s chips share design features with its tablets and smartphones. It’s possible to run mobile apps on the new laptops too.
Apple announced just over a year ago, that it would switch from using Intel chips in its laptops to ones of its own design. based on an architecture licensed from ARM, whose designs are more commonly found in smartphones. Indeed, Apple has long designed the chips inside its iPhones, giving it the ability to integrate snappier graphics and artificial intelligence capabilities.
The M1 chips for Apple’s PCs are made by Taiwan’s TSMC. Which leads the world when it comes to etching infinitesimally small components onto an area of silicon using its “5-nanometer” manufacturing process.
Both M1 Pro and M1 Max are loaded with advanced custom technologies that help push pro workflows to the next level
- A 16–core Neural Engine for on-device machine learning acceleration and improved camera performance.
- A new display engine drives multiple external displays.
- Additional integrated Thunderbolt 4 controllers provide even more I/O bandwidth.
- Apple’s custom image signal processor, along with the Neural Engine uses computational video to enhance image quality for sharper video and more natural-looking skin tones on the built-in camera.
- Best-in-class security, including Apple’s latest Secure Enclave, hardware-verified secure boot, and runtime anti-exploitation technologies
“Today was a good representation of what a company can do when they have the whole tech stack”. Says Patrick Moorhead, chief analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. He cites Apple’s claim that the new chip can boost the performance of its video editing software. Final Cut Pro 10-fold as an example of the benefit of code signing software and silicon.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips feature several upgrades and changes compared with Apple’s first custom laptop chip, the M1, announced in November 2020. The Pro has 33.7 billion transistors, more than twice as many as the M1, while the M1 Max has 57 billion transistors. Both new chips have 10 central processing units (CPUs), which Apple says results in a 70 percent performance boost compared with the M1.
Using shared memory, the new chips integrate the CPU cores, which perform general-purpose programming instructions, with graphics-processing cores that render imagery, thus removing a bottleneck that apps usually face when working between the two.
Hutcheon says. “It is a pretty revolutionary move from Apple.”
The 16-inch MacBook “is geared towards more creative productivity, video editing, sound mixing, animation graphics, and so forth,” says Wayne Lam, senior director for research at CCS Insights.
But not every feature Apple adds to its computers is a success. “Whatever happened to the Touchbar?” I am asks, referring to a feature conspicuously absent from the new MacBook Pros . “It’s one of these evolutionary dead ends that Apple creates every now and then.”
The M1 Pro and Max are, of course more bad news for Intel, which is trying to stage a comeback after years of missteps. Speaking to Axios on HBO, Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO, said he would aim to put the company’s chips back in Apple’s products. Intel’s forthcoming 12th-generation CPU, codenamed Alder Lake, will feature more integrated components following a similar design logic to the M1 Pro and Max.
“Apple decided they could do a better chip themselves than we could, and they did a pretty good job,”. Gelsinger said. “What I have to do is make a better chip than they could do themselves. I would hope to win back this piece of their business.”