Trusted Reviews mock-up design of the Apple M1X logo
Trusted Reviews mock-up design of the Apple M1X logo

The Apple M1X processor is rumoured to be the second processor to join the Apple Silicon range, following on from the original M1 chip.

Reports suggest the Apple M1X chip will be housed inside the upcoming MacBook Pro 2021, although Apple is yet to confirm the existence of this laptop.

Reports suggest the M1X won’t technically be the sequel to the M1 – that will reportedly be the M2 – but a more powerful variation intended for Pro models instead.

A name hasn’t been confirmed for upcoming chip, but Twitter account LeaksApplePro has suggested it could be called the Apple M1X.

While the name is up in the air, it’s widely accepted that Apple will soon reveal an Apple Silicon processor that’s even more powerful than the impressive M1 found inside the MacBook Air and iMac 2021.

In fact, if rumours are accurate, Apple could leapfrog the likes of AMD and Intel in offering the absolute best CPU performance for a laptop in the same category as the MacBook Pro. Apple is also expected to launch an even more powerful chip than the M1X for the Mac Pro 2022, although this is expected to launch in 2022. 

MacBook Pro 2021 concept design by Trusted Reviews
Trusted Reviews concept art of the MacBook Pro 2021

The Apple M1X chip is expected to debut inside the MacBook Pro 2021, but it’s unknown when this laptop will launch.

Reports suggest the new MacBook Pro will debut in either the iPhone September 2021 event, or during a separate showcase dedicated to Macs in October.

The Apple M1X chip will only be available in certain Apple Macs. So far, only the MacBook Pro is expected to feature it, but we wouldn’t rule it out for a future iMac or iMac Pro configuration. 

The cheapest Apple M1X system is expected to be the rumoured 14-inch MacBook Pro, but it’s anybody’s guess in regards to how much it will cost. The cheapest 16-inch MacBook Pro currently costs £2399, so we expect it to cost less than that.

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The Apple M1X is expected to be considerably more powerful than the existing M1 chip, but how will the specs compare?

Bloomberg reports the M1X will have a total of 10 cores, made up of 8 high-performance cores and 2 energy-efficient cores. This suggests Apple is prioritising performance over battery life compared to the M1, which sees 4 high-performance cores and 4 energy-efficient cores. 

Apple M1 Untitled Apple Chip
High-performance cores 4 8
Energy-efficient cores 4 2
Graphics Cores 7 / 8 16 / 32
Credit: Bloomberg

The M1X looks to have serious firepower when it comes to graphics power, with 16 and 32 graphics core variants rumoured. The M1 has a maximum of 8 GPU cores, yet still flaunts an impressive graphics performance with the MacBook Air. 

YouTube channel Dave2D has estimated the graphics power of the 32 graphics core variation to be around the same level of the Nvidia RTX 3070, which is currently Nvidia’s second most powerful laptop GPU. This would be incredibly impressive if accurate, as the M1X will be a SoC (system on chip) rather than a discrete GPU like Nvidia’s GeForce range. 

However, there have been other reports that contradict Bloomberg’s claims. For example, the supposed leaked benchmark data from CPU Monkey (via Macworld UK) indicate that the M1X could feature a total of 12 CPU cores rather than 10.

Furthermore, CPU Monkey suggests that the M1X saw a CPU performance score from Cinebench R23 (multi core) that isn’t far off the desktop Intel Core i7-11700K chip, which is unheard of for a laptop CPU.

Apple M1X (rumoured) Intel Core i7-11700K desktop
Cinebench R23
(Single-Core)
1562 1569
Cinebench R23
(Multi-Core)
14,975 15,011
Geekbench 5
(Single-core)
1811 1794
Geekbench 5
(Multi-Core)
15,120 10,765
Credit: CPU Monkey

The supposed leaked benchmark results also show the Apple M1X to have the most powerful integrated graphics recorded, doubling the performance result of the Apple M1.

While we can’t be sure whether these specs or benchmark results are accurate right now, it does seem like the M1X will become one of the most powerful mobile processors when it launches, while also featuring the graphical grunt to compete with high-end discrete mobile GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. 

For more news and rumours about the Apple M1X chip, make sure to keep this page bookmarked and keep an eye on Trusted Reviews.

The M1X looks to be an outstanding chip if the specs are accurate. It would not only give it a class leading CPU performance, but also a competitive graphics performance. This is incredibly impressive since the laptop won’t feature a discrete GPU.

The MacBook Pro is already a top-notch laptop, but it will become an even more tempting proposition with the power of Apple Silicon under the hood. My only major concern is how expensive this chip is to manufacturer, as it has the possibility of driving up the price of Apple’s laptops. But then again, the MacBook Air retained an affordable price with the M1 chip, so I’m still optimistic that it will represent great value for money.

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