The M1 Pro CPU from Apple is a more powerful version of the M1 chip, which wowed us in 2020 with how much it enhanced performance and efficiency in the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 and MacBook Air M1.
The M1 Pro is a new piece of Apple silicon that claims to give even higher performance than the outstanding M1. It’s now available in Apple’s new MacBook Pro 14-inch 2021 and MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021 notebooks.
Both of these new MacBook Pro models for 2021 come standard with an M1 Pro chip, while you can pay extra to upgrade to the M1 Max, which is a more powerful version of the M1 Pro.
Even if you don’t upgrade, the new M1 Pro chip promises significantly improved performance than the original M1. Everything you need to know about the new M1 Pro is right here.
Apple M1 Pro chip: Price
The M1 Pro is only available in the new 2021 MacBook Pros, which are presently available for order on Apple’s website. The 14-inch model costs $1,999 (€2,249.00), while the 16-inch model costs $2,499 (€2,749.00). They’ll start selling on October 25 in two color options: Silver and Space Gray.
Both versions come with an entry-level M1 Pro chip as standard, but you can upgrade to a beefier M1 Pro or M1 Max for a fee. You may get the M1 Pro and M1 Max in different configurations for both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, so your screen size choices won’t limit the chips you can order.
Apple M1 Pro chip: Specs
The M1 Pro is powered by a scaled-up version of the M1’s core architecture. They’re both SoCs (systems-on-chips), which means they’re designed to combine the CPU and GPU and allow them to access the same pool of unified RAM memory, all in the name of increased efficiency and lower latency.
The M1 Pro features a 10-core CPU with eight performance cores and two efficiency cores, with a total of 33.7 billion transistors. It has a memory bandwidth of up to 200 GB/second and supports up to 32 GB of memory.
However, the lowest 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 configuration comes with a less powerful M1 Pro processor with an 8-core CPU. That should be more than enough power for most day-to-day operations, but if you want a full 10-core CPU in your M1 Pro, you’ll have to shell out around $200 to upgrade.
A 16-core Neural Engine is also included in the M1 Pro to aid in the speeding up of machine-learning activities. This engine also aids image processing (through a proprietary image-signal processor) for the 1080p webcam included in the 2021 MacBook Pros, allowing for crisper, more natural photographs and videos to be sent.
Apple M1 Pro chip: Video editing
The M1 Pro offers a few special features designed specifically for video pros. Notably, Apple has created a media engine that helps speed up video processing without exhausting your battery.
The chipset also includes dedicated encoding and encode media engines that help speed up video activities such as rendering. It also includes a specialized ProRes video accelerator, which should be beneficial to professionals that frequently use the ProRes codec.
Apple claims that the M1 Pro can deliver up to 20 streams of 4K ProRes video playback. If you work with several monitors, the M1 Pro features a redesigned display engine that can support up to two extra external displays.
The M1 Pro is an intriguing piece of Apple hardware that claims to vastly improve the experience of working on a MacBook Pro, particularly if you work with video.