The M1 Pro and M1 Max is Apple’s next generation of its custom silicon chip. The M1 chip was already one of the most powerful systems-on-a-chip (or SOC) and this new Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max more than doubled its capability in about a year. By combining the CPU and GPU to share ultrafast memory along with increasing the number of transistors and other design enhancements, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips reach desktop level performance while achieving new battery life milestones. If you think about it, all desktop computers need separate power supplies, video cards, motherboards, memory and fans to deliver good performance – yet an M1 powered MacBook can do all this and more on a battery that lasts all day and night. Pretty incredible.
No matter what MacBook Pro you buy 14″ or 16″, M1 Pro or M1 Max, you will realize a stunning improvement in just about every task you throw at it vs even the fastest MacBook from a few months ago – and stunningly, even some of Apple’s own Mac Pro desktops currently for sale. If money is tight, simply go for the entry level 14″ MacBook Pro. If you need raw power unrivaled by almost anything else, go for the high end 16″ MacBook Pro rocking the 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine M1 Max chip.