To put things in the proper perspective, no discussions about Apple M1X, the new processor from Apple in the M1 range, can be complete without talking about the Macbook pro M1X because the two go hand-in-hand. However, following the release of the Macbook Pro comprising M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, we have to wait for the release of M1X. But the chipset and the notebook provide the proper context to the discussion. After all, knowing about the chipset features would be only an academic exercise without any scope of judging its performance.
To know about the chipset performance, you must consider how much improvement it could bring to the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air, which many expected to use the M1X chipset. Although there is yet no confirmation from Apple about using M1X in the Macbook Air, the combination seems evident after the release of the M1 Macbook Air in late 2020.
What is Apple M1X?
After the success of the M1 chip introduced in November 2020 for the entry-level Macs, Apple started working upon the improved variant of the chipset named M1X. As the M1 proved Apple’s prowess in making chipsets, the company has now set its eyes to present a better and more powerful version by introducing M1X, the pro-level processor for the advanced Pro models of Macs. It will be wrong to look upon the M1X chipset as the successor to the M1 chipset, which according to rumors, will be Apple M2, but the Apple M1X chip will be a more powerful variation for high-end notebooks. It seems that Apple would be a challenger to Intel and AMD by offering a chipset that would be the last word for ensuring the best performance of laptops. The chipset features the most powerful laptop CPU with an equally powerful integrated graphics performance.
In the absence of official confirmation about the M1X release date, which was supposed to accompany the already released Macbook Pro 2021, we can only hope it accompanies the M1X Macbook Air.
M1 Pro and M1 Max carry the M1 legacy
With the release of M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets that power the 14-inch and 16-inch Macbook pro laptops, 14-inch Apple has set to rest all rumors that these laptops would have M1X chipsets. The new chipsets present a more powerful Macbook Pro than the earlier Intel-powered Macs.
The M1 Pro chipsets power the 14-inch Macbook Pro that Apple started shipping from October 26, 2020, but those who want the ultimate in power should avail of the build-to-order option with a request for adding the M1 Max chip.
M1 Pro and M1 Max Specs and Features
As claimed by Apple, users can expect a 70% improvement in performance over M1 when they choose to use any device powered by M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. The graphic performance of M1Pro will be two times better than M1, and that of M1 max will be four times better.
The M1 Pro chip has an 8 core CPU with 14 core GPU; there are 10 core CPUs with 14 or 16 core GPU. The memory option for M1 pro starts at 16 GB that goes up to 32 GB, and the storage options start at 512 GB and go up to 8 TB.
The M1 Max chip starts with a 10 core CPU with 24 or 32-core GPU options. The minimal RAM required for M1 Max is 32 GB with an option of 64 GB that you can choose when configuring the laptop. The M1 Pro chip has a memory speed of 200GB/ second, and for the M1 Max, it is 400 GB/ second.
The Next Hardware Update
Having done with updating the Macbook Pro by incorporating the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, the Macbook Air is the next in line that would go through an update. With expected release sometime during 2022, Apple has no confirmation about the chipset that would power the Macbook Air.
But assuming that the new Macbook Air will be the most powerful laptop, it might have the Apple M1X chipset.