Just over 24 hours before Apple’s highly anticipated launch of the redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, new evidence has emerged suggesting that Apple may be calling the chips that power upcoming Macs “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max. “
The new MacBook Pros will be powered by the next generation of Apple silicon, with up to 10 processor cores, eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores. On the graphics side, Apple should include two variants of its next chip, including 16 and 32 GPU cores.
There has been an ongoing debate regarding the name of Apple’s next-generation Mac silicon. Some have speculated that the chip could be called “M1X”, while others believe it could upgrade to “M2” to signify the biggest performance jump over the M1. However, in a new twist of the plot, the new chips could be called “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max”.
In his latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg Mark Gurman notes that a Mac developer informed him that in their application logs, the chip names “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max” have appeared, alongside the same screen resolutions for future MacBook Pros as MacRumors discovered in the beta of macOS Monterey last month. As the names appeared in app logs, Gurman says Apple may ultimately not take this potentially confusing naming approach.
The aforementioned developer told me that new MacBook Pro chips have appeared in the papers under the names “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max”. I’m not saying Apple will take that direction with its actual marketing names, but that’s another possibility, albeit more confusing. We will know for sure in about 24 hours.
In the past, Apple has added “X” and “Z” to its chip names to represent improved iterations of the base chip. For example, with the 2018 iPad Pro, Apple labeled the “A12X” chip, based on the A12 chip for the iPhone XS.
Apple is expected to present the new MacBook Pros at its digital event on Monday, with the tagline “Unleashed”. Along with the new MacBook Pros, Apple might consider announcing a high-end Mac mini, the third-generation AirPods, and might surprise with a larger Apple silicon iMac, though that’s less likely. MacRumors will have in-depth coverage of the event from Apple, including a live blog post on our website and tweets via @MacRumorsLive on Twitter.