The M1X MacBook Pro is a fantastic laptop, but for many users, the limited amount of unified memory and the fact that there are only two ports is a major issue. Even though the graphics output is the best we’ve seen in a 13-inch MacBook Pro model, everybody wishes for an additional port or two for their busy workflow.
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However, for certain programs, such as Blender, where you may be doing animation work, it is still insufficient. In this case, having a four-port higher-performance model makes sense, but the four-port 13-inch MacBook Pro that Apple currently offers is slower than the M1 MacBook Pro, and it costs more. However, this is where the M1X chip comes into play.
M1X MacBook Pro Design
Now, this won’t be the same body as the current 4 port model, as we’ve seen with M1 chips and then placing them in the current MacBook Pro body. However, this will be a completely new design.
It will have sharp lines and design cues from the iPhone 12 and iPad Air, and it will be almost entirely flat on all sides, without the screen and bottom curves that we have become used to over the last five years.
As a result, from a construction perspective, it will actually give us more space inside to fit more components, especially on the screen. With more space comes the possibility of more technology.
Let’s move on to port selection. As we all know, the current high-end 13-inch has four thunderbolt ports, all of which are USB-C, as well as a headphone jack. However, rumours say that Apple may reverse course and include an HDMI and SD card slot in addition to the four USB C USB 4 ports.
Now I can see them bringing back the SD card slot because manufacturers are still using USB storage to record to their cameras, and I believe SD cards are here to stay.
There will also most likely be a UHS 2 card slot for those faster speeds because UHS2 cards are becoming more and more affordable, and cameras require UHS2 to record in those higher codec formats.
Even though Apple has been promoting USB-C and Thunderbolt monitors, there are still a lot of monitors that use HDMI, and HDMI monitors still reign supreme in the workplace. So, in this situation, having this port make a comeback just makes sense, especially in a professional setting.
M1X MacBook Pro Display
Apple has been working on mini led technology for their iPad and, you guessed it, their Macs as well. LCD and mini led technology are very similar. LCDs have a layer of color pixels on top of which is a backlight that allows us to see the colors. However, since the backlight can be switched on or dimmed all the way to off, it has low contrast and black colors.
So, if there is a bright spot in one corner and a dark spot in another, the backlight can’t compensate because it can either be ON for the entire panel, OFF for the entire panel, or somewhere in between for the entire panel, which means that the dark spot that should be absolutely black appears grey.
The backlight now has a slew of LEDs thanks to Mini LED technology. Meaning that LEDs on various parts of the screen can be managed independently, so that when you’re looking at the same situation, the dark spot can appear almost black and the bright spot will be much brighter.
This technology can be seen in the XDR pro monitor, which has 576 dimming zones. The local dimming zones on the MacBook Pro 14 inch would most likely be about 200 to 300, which is around half of the pro-XDR display. However, it would be a significant change over what we have now. The pro-XDR has a brightness of 1,600 nits, but we won’t see anything like that on the Macs.
Right now, both the iMac and the MacBook Pro have 500 nits of brightness, but with Mini led, I expect that number to double, which would fit well with Apple’s plan to add more HDR filming on their iPhone, as HDR video and photo editing need a display that can produce at least 1,000 nits.
Also, the XDR pro monitor has a remarkable cooling system, which allows it to cross 1,600 nits without overheating or bursting into flames. The MacBook Pros and iMacs simply won’t have this kind of cooling, which is why the brightness will be reduced.
Oh, and this screen will be 14 inches instead of the 13 inches we have now, and Apple’s goal is to make the bezels around the screen smaller to fit the larger screen while maintaining the same footprint.
M1X MacBook Pro Performance
Then there’s the show. Since we don’t have the same 10-year experience and data with Apple silicon as we did with the iPhone and iPad chips, this would be a little more difficult to predict. But let’s make some educated assumptions about the performance and throw in a few rumors.
So, according to rumors, this M1x chip will have 12 cores instead of the eight cores that the m1 currently has. And the m1x chip will have eight high-performance cores, twice the number of the m1, as well as the same four efficiency cores.
Now, this doesn’t imply that we’ll see a twofold increase in multi-core performance, but if we look back at previous years’ iPhone and iPad chips, when Apple doubled the number of cores in those chips, it actually resulted in a twofold increase in performance.
So, if we look at the multi-core score on the m1, which is currently 7400, we can assume that it will be around 14 200 to 14 800 on the m1x, implying that the multi-core score performance will be comparable to a mac pro with its 16 core Xeon processor and even better than the iMac pro with its 18 core CPU, which is currently 6 500 dollars.
Yes, that’s correct. For a fraction of the cost, this little machine will be nearly as fast as that machine, if not faster than an iMac pro. Taking a look at a leak from CPU monkey which I’m going to take with a pinch of salt.
However, John from front page tech confirmed the leak, stating that this chip will have a 3.2Ghz base clock. Which means that the single core score performance will be the same as the M1 chip, so there will be no improvement in basic tasks like opening apps or the overall speed of the OS.
But this isn’t a bad thing because the m1 is lightning fast at that. Now, for the GPU, which is what I’m most interested in, new leaks indicate that the m1x will have a 16-core GPU design, doubling the number of GPU cores over the M1 Macs. So, let’s break this down into something we can comprehend.
Looking at the dedicated graphics cards for the 16-inch MacBook Pros that Apple currently sells, the 5300m graphics card scores around 24,000 on the GPU metal test on geek bench, the 5500m scores around 28,700, and the 5600m scores around 41,000. The m1 8 core GPU scores around 21,800 on the metal test, which puts it close to the base MacBook Pro 16-inch, but we can expect the metal test to score around 43,500 with this new 16 core m1x, which means it could beat out the most configurable 16-inch MacBook Pro in a smaller and quieter body.
This will be game-changing because a MacBook Pro 16-inch with this level of processing power would set you back at least $3,500. However, with the M1X MacBook Pro, you could get all of this power for under $2,000. Let’s not forget that this will use far less power, and I only got around four and a half hours of use with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, whereas with the m1 max, I’m easily getting 11 to 12 hours with heavy use. As a result, your batteries will last much longer with less charging.
M1X MacBook Pro Price
Depending on how expensive the mini-led technology will be to implement, prices will either stay the same around $1800 or may rise to $2000. And, Apple is an Apple, they’ll obviously want to maintain their healthy profit margins. This new M1X 14-inch MacBook Pro could be released in the next three to four months. But, as always, this is a discussion, so let us know what you think the 14-inch MacBook Pro will look like in the comments section below.