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MacBook Pro 16-inch M1X chip just leaked — and it's game over for Intel

MacBook Pro 2020 M1 chip
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The era of Apple Silicon is in full swing, and Apple’s decision to bring its chip development in house seems to be paying off in a big way. All you need to look at is our MacBook Air M1 review

The M1 chip has absolutely smashed the records set by Intel-powered MacBooks while offering considering longer battery life. And Apple isn't stopping there. We’re already hearing rumors of a new chip, the M1X, which could be launching next year.

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The M1 has already been a big success for Apple. Our Apple Silicon benchmarks on the M1 chip show that Apple's processor blows away Intel's latest chip on Geekbench, video transcoding and Photoshop.

So the prospect of an even more powerful chip for the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 is rather exciting.

According to @LeaksApplePro, who has a good track record with this sort of thing, the M1X is set to debut in a 16-inch MacBook Pro sometime next year. Considering the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the flagship MacBook right now, it makes sense that Apple would use it to launch an ever better chipset. Especially if it really is this much faster than the M1 chip in the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

And if the details about the number of cores are true, then this really is set out to be one hell of a chip. Just for reference, the current M1 chip only has eight cores in total, with four high-performance and four efficient cores inside. Eight performance cores is going to be a sight to see, assuming Apple can keep the power requirements at manageable levels.

The only questions we have are whether the M1X name will stick, and when it might arrive. After all, if it’s really got double the number of performance cores, Apple may want to pick a name that reflects the boost in power. As for when it will be released, it could be any time between now early next year. Especially if there’s only going to be a press release, and no big launch event.

  • Rick Sanchez 2600
    Microsoft tried it with the Surface and Google tried it with the Chromebook. Having an ARM CPU is risky. Both the Surface and Chromebook flopped. WINTEL is the standard to beat and Sun's SPARCStations, Netscape's NetPC, and others just failed to meet the low costs of WINTEL technology. Even if Apple pumps up the M1X to 12 cores the Apple MacBook is too expensive for an ARM based system.
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  • AndreX86
    Rick Sanchez 2600 said:
    Microsoft tried it with the Surface and Google tried it with the Chromebook. Having an ARM CPU is risky. Both the Surface and Chromebook flopped. WINTEL is the standard to beat and Sun's SPARCStations, Netscape's NetPC, and others just failed to meet the low costs of WINTEL technology. Even if Apple pumps up the M1X to 12 cores the Apple MacBook is too expensive for an ARM based system.
    How is it too expensive for an ARM based system when its proving to be much faster than any intel system doing the same tasks and even faster when using Rosetta to translate it. 20 hour battery life, much more performance, less noise, everything about the ARM Macs make intel look like joke. X86 may be well on its way out the door. Check out this video for some perspective
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  • Romeo166
    I wonder what is gonna be the price of the 16-inch one. I bought Macbook Pro 15-inch, 2011 Early Spring version, the AMD graphic card burned out about 6 months ago, running on the Intel 3000 graphic card only. It has 4GB memory. So I am kind of limping right now. I paid for it close to $2000 (little over $2000 incl. tax) nearly 10 years ago. I am used to at least 15-inch laptop so I am excited for the 16-inch version M1X. I am not doing any high video editing (at least not for now) or playing any resource demanding games. But I always like to buy a laptop that is fast and powerful, a latest technology (I prefer the quality over quantity idea) and then keep it for a while. I do a lot of internet streaming/browsing, using the built-in cam. Besides the price I also wonder if they replace the 720p cam with a better one, such as 1080p cam.
    Thanks.
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  • Robert Appleton
    AndreX86 said:
    How is it too expensive for an ARM based system when its proving to be much faster than any intel system doing the same tasks and even faster when using Rosetta to translate it. 20 hour battery life, much more performance, less noise, everything about the ARM Macs make intel look like joke. X86 may be well on its way out the door. Check out this video for some perspective
    This is exactly what I've been led to believe. We are in for an Apple joyride after all these years. Wishing them well...
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