Week after week, we’re getting closer to launching the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Some computers that we already think we know almost everything about, but still generate the most interesting leaks and reports. Leaks like the one today, which specifies that the performance of the two machines will be identical, which will be reflected in their price.
Different size, same M1X core
With the arrival of Apple’s silicon processors, we are witnessing something very curious: the same processor reaches, without variations, very different machines. The same M1 processor is present in the MacBook Air and the new iMac M1, for example. The differences are there, of course, like the question of passive or active ventilation, but the performance is very close, which makes it possible to choose between one type of Mac or another depending on screen factors, configuration, etc. .
This interesting dynamic is expected to repeat itself in the yet-to-launch 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, according to Twitter user Dylan. The leaker claims that since both Macs will ship with the M1X processor, we’ll see the same performance in both sizes. The fact that the M1X is an SoC and therefore the RAM is on the same chip, reinforces this idea.
As for the GPU, it is also integrated into the SoC, at least in the current M1s. In the M1X, we just hope that this component can be separated, which still leaves room for some differences between the 14in and 16in MacBook Pros.
A price increase partly due to the new mini-LED screens.
The leaker also mentioned that it was to “expect a substantial price increase” between the future 14-inch MacBook Pro and the current 13-inch model which starts from the 2,129 euros of the Intel model awaiting renewal. If we take into account that we expect these Macs to be equipped with a mini-LED display, we can expect a huge price increase.
The truth is, we still don’t know anything about when these new machines will be presented, but we hope they will appear at a possible event next October. With them, the entire MacBook Pro range will have made the big leap towards Apple’s silicon. A leap that will only leave the current Mac Pro waiting to use Apple processors.
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