The MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac all use the M1, which is the first ARM architecture chip developed exclusively for Macs.
Apple has announced its forthcoming special event on Monday, October 18, at which it will unveil its next-generation Apple Silicon processor alongside updated MacBook Pro models. However, contrary to popular belief, the new M1X MacBook Pro is unlikely to replace the present M1-based entry-level versions.
When Apple announced M1 in November 2020, the company made it clear that while it is more powerful than Intel processors, this chip is focused on laptops and entry-level desktops due to its low power consumption profile – which is why there are still some Intel Macs available even after the introduction of M1 Macs.
the new MacBook Pro M1X will be available in two sizes: 14-inch and 16-inch. They are expected to get a refreshed design, HDMI port, SD card slot, MagSafe, 1080p webcam, and a Mini-LED display.
This time, however, Apple is rumored to introduce the “M1X chip,” which will be the first variant of the M1 with a more powerful 16-core GPU. As a result, M1X should deliver faster graphics, making it ideal for more expensive Macs like the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac.
Rumors also suggest that both 14-inch and 16-inch models will be available in the same specs configurations, starting with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. This comes as no surprise since the M1 chip is basically the same among all Mac (and iPad) models based on it, with only a few slight variations.
While Apple has never introduced a 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon chip, there is already a smaller MacBook Pro with M1, which has led some people to believe that next week’s update will also come to these models. However, you probably shouldn’t expect this, and here’s why.