Since the company first introduced them in June 2020, Apple Silicon chips have blown everyone’s mind away. The M1 is a fast chip that needs no cooling and provides an extraordinary battery life thanks to its excellent power efficiency. Combined with a breakthrough performance, it makes the M1 MacBook Air the best $999 laptop on the market. I have it, and I love it. It is worth every penny.
One year later, in October of 2021, Apple presented the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the 14-inch and 16-MacBook Pros. These have up to 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores. They are powerful computers with excellent battery life, many ports, and an incredible display. However, this is nothing compared to what Apple is currently working on.
A few months went by and Apple showed us the M1 Ultra with the Mac Studio. It features a 5 nanometre manufacturing process, 114 billion transistors, up to 64 GPU cores (double that of the more powerful M1 Max) and up to 20 CPU cores. All this, with 32 Neural Engine cores for machine learning tasks. The high-performance cores, Firestorm, feature a 192KB instruction cache, 128KB data cache and 48MB L2 cache. The high-performance cores, Icestorm, have 128 KB, 64 KB and 8 MB cache respectively.
During the last WWDC, Apple unveiled the M2 chip. It has the same power consumption as the M1,but it is 25% more powerful in GPU terms than the M1, while allowing an extra 35% performance boost in graphics tasks at peak power consumption. That extra performance comes mainly from gaining two graphics cores over the M1, leaving it with a total of 10.
It’s now time for the Mac Pro. According to my sources, it has a proprietary chip that includes a 24-core CPU, split into 16 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores. It also has a 76-core GPU and 192 GB of memory. This will certainly be one of the most powerful consumer.
computers in the world, and I have been told that Apple is considering launching this new Mac Pro in March.
According to sources on Apple’s production line, the long-awaited new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon chip could be available in March. Evidently, problems with Apple’s and its distributors’ delivery schedules could push it back a bit, but right now, the approximate date is March. Perhaps there will be an earlier event to unveil it a few weeks in advance, along with a monitor to replace the Pro Display XDR.
We don’t yet know if this event will feature just the Mac Pro or if we’ll also see a redesigned Mac mini. Either way, this will be a very powerful computer that will be of great use to the most demanding professionals. According to sources, the price could start at $5,000 and the monitor at $4,000, although these are not definitive figures as they are still subject to change.