Apple ‘Unleashed’ Event Breakdown: New M1 SoCs, MacBook Pros, and More!

by in Technology | Oct, 19th 2021

The folks over at Apple really weren’t kidding when they titled their latest event “Unleashed,” as the things they’ve shown off are. Think of any seemingly over-the-top superlative and, odds are, it can rightfully be applied to Apple and its upcoming M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets.

To call it a revolution wouldn’t even begin to do it justice! Apple has basically continued building upon the foundation it had set with the M1 last year and, needless to say, we’ve all been left speechless.

The general specs of the new MacBook Pro (credit Apple)

Before we delve any deeper into Apple’s latest and greatest chipsets, its novel MacBook Pros first deserves a mention. These are, without a shadow of a doubt, some of the best and most powerful laptops on the market. There’s just no other way to put it. And that, of course, has to come at a cost, but their MSRPs are actually comparable to those of a standard DELL XPS or a Razer Blade 15, and yet you’re getting much more power with more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at!

The M1 Pro chip specs
The M1 Max chip specs

Best-in-class speakers, a 1080p FaceTime camera, up to 8GB of insanely fast 8TB storage, up to 64GB of on-board memory (or 32GB in the case of the M1 Pro), 120Hz ProMotion displays with variable refresh rate, MagSafe 3 charging, Liquid Retina XDR displays (miniLED) with individual dimming zones and such color reproduction and contrast ratios that they’ll make real-life seem bland and colorless, and a series of ports that evoke the best of what made 2015’s MacBook Pro so darn alluring: a full-sized HDMI port (2.0), three Thunderbolt 4 ports, along with an SDXC card reader — the perfect I/O for any creative professional looking to do work on-the-go.

Apple ‘Unleashed’ Event | It’s the SoC That Matters

Still, all of these incredible changes and advancements pale in comparison to the awe-inspiring SoCs Apple has just shown off at their Unleashed event: the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Both the 14” and 16” models can be equipped with either chipset, and whether you should go for one or the other will basically boil down to your personal needs and budget constraints. 

In any case, both chipsets are obscenely powerful, energy-efficient, and will run circles around basically any other laptop that’s currently on the market — at least from a performance-per-watt standpoint. The most powerful 32-core GPU variant has about as much graphical oomph as an NVIDIA RTX 3080 which, in short, is simply astounding. The CPU itself is on par with AMD’s Ryzen 5800X, an 8-core 16-thread beast of a processor, and yet the M1 Pro/Max draw nearly as much power, either in idle states or in demanding workloads.

Graphic performance on the new Mac Pros will see a huge increase in speed (credit Apple)

All in all, Apple’s latest and greatest SoCs are sight to behold, and if they end up performing even remotely as well as Apple claims they will, the entire hardware market as we know it could change irreversibly — and fortunately it would all be for the better!


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