As expected, Apple today announced a new chip — though with a name few people expected: the M1 Pro, a more powerful version of the M1 chip, which made its debut last November and has since started to power a variety of Apple devices. Apple promises that the M1 Pro is up to 70% faster than the original M1.
The M1 Pro is not quite the successor to the M1, but is essentially a more powerful version of the existing chip. Apple CEO Tim Cook called it “the next chip in the M1 family — and it’s a game-changer.”
The company says it rearchitected the chip and significantly upped the bandwidth available to the chip to 200 GB/s. It can support up to 32 GB of unified memory (which may be a bit of a disappointment to some pro users).
The 5-nm chip features a total of 10 cores. Eight of those are high-performance cores and two are high-efficiency cores, in addition to 16 GPU cores (up from eight in the original M1). In total, the SoC features 33.7 billion transistors — twice as many as the original M1. The chip, of course, also features Apple’s Neural Engine for AI apps.
The chip is able to support up to two external displays.