M1 Max Stories June 15

Now that the second generation of Apple Silicon for Mac has landed (albeit in a machine almost nobody should buy), it’s time to look at the performance of the M2 versus the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra.

We don’t yet have any M2 benchmarks, but we still know a lot from Apple’s own statements …

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M1 Max Stories March 17

Apple released macOS 12.3 on Monday, but not everyone is succeeding in upgrading. There are reports of repaired M1 Macs being bricked when attempting the upgrade.

Specifically, the issue appears to affect M1 MacBook Pro models which have had their logic board replaced …

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M1 Max Stories January 26

Intel claimed earlier this month that its new Alder Lake Core i9 benchmarks faster than Apple’s M1 Max. As with all manufacturer claims (including those made by Apple), it doesn’t mean much until independently tested.

These tests have now been done using a chunky MSI GE76 Raider laptop, and do show that Intel’s claim is technically true – but there are some pretty major caveats …

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M1 Max Stories January 20

The power of the M1 Max MacBook Pro has been seen in a demanding real-world photoshoot using multiple 150-megapixel layers shot with ‘the world’s best commercial camera.’

The finished image was made of 28 full-resolution images, loaded into a single document in Photoshop, each one with its own masking, adjustments, and other effects. In short, it’s a behemoth of a Photoshop document, clocking in at almost 11GB in size …

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M1 Max Stories January 10

The laptop component shortage is beginning to ease, according to a new report today, but high demand sees 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro shipping times currently sitting at around three to four weeks.

M1 Macs – both MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro – are available in one to three days …

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M1 Max Stories January 3

The latest Bloomberg report says that we could see the upcoming Apple Silicon Mac Pro by WWDC in June. The M1 Max MacBook Pro has already given some indications of just how powerful the new machine is likely to be, making it an eagerly awaited product for high-end video production.

However, a new analysis of what we can likely expect says that the 2022 model may be less upgradable than its predecessor …

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M1 Max Stories December 16, 2021

M1 Max ProRes benchmark: Exports three times faster than 2019 Mac Pro

M1 Max ProRes benchmark testing on ProRes video exports shows that the high-end 2021 MacBook Pro is three times faster than the 2019 Mac Pro

M1 Max Stories November 30, 2021

Although the new M1 Max MacBook Pro has been really well-praised by the Apple community, one month after it was unveiled, some users are now starting to report an issue when trying to charge the computer when it’s completely shut down.

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M1 Max Stories November 23, 2021

One complaint from new M1 Mac owners is that there doesn’t seem to be any way to enable 1440p Retina scaling on external monitors.

Apple has never officially supported this on sub-4K monitors, but there were workarounds for Intel Macs that don’t work with any of the M1 machines. Fortunately, there is now a solution …

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M1 Max Stories November 22, 2021

My shiny new 16-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Pro claims two big advantages over its Intel predecessor. First, the performance of the M1 Max. Second, power efficiency, aka battery life.

For my personal usage patterns, the two are quite distinct. The time when I want power is for video editing, when I’ll almost always be sat at my desk hooked up to a large monitor. When I want battery life, my typical usage is very different…

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M1 Max Stories November 19, 2021

While Apple’s M1 Max chip is touted as being twice as fast as the M1 Pro, a series of MacBook Pro creative pro tests suggest that the real-life benefit of the top-tier chip may be far more limited than it appears for even relatively demanding use.

There are specific tasks that see a significant difference. If you’re editing ProRes video or working with Apple’s Metal graphics API, there is a clear benefit to the more powerful chip. But that isn’t the case for many creative tasks…

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M1 Max Stories November 10, 2021

M1 Pro MacBook Pro cryptocurrency mining ‘insanely efficient’ and profitable, but not worth it

With the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips offering huge performance increases, a question occurred to me: Might MacBook Pro cryptocurrency mining be feasible? …

M1 Max Stories November 8, 2021

With September and October Apple events out of the way, there are still some unannounced but eagerly anticipated Apple products to come by some point next year.

The September event saw the company announce the iPhone 13 lineup, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini, and the iPad 9. October’s Unleashed event added the long-awaited 14- and 16-inch M1 MacBook Pros, AirPods 3, and new HomePod mini colors.

But that still leaves us waiting for a number of as-yet unannounced products …

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M1 Max Stories November 5, 2021

Nearly two weeks after the release of the new MacBook Pros, Apple executives continue to do interviews promoting the new machines. This time, Apple’s Tom Boger and Tim Millet sat down with Rene Ritchie to talk about the new MacBook Pro and Apple Silicon announcements, Apple’s Pro Workflow Team, and more.

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A British singer-songwriter has recorded a unique MacBook Pro music video. Using her new M1 Max model, she recorded it using the machine’s built-in microphones and webcam!

Mary Spender used Logic Pro, which is a pretty demanding app, yet was able to do all the work on battery power – while screen recording at the same time – without the fans kicking in …

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M1 Max Stories November 2, 2021

We reported yesterday on a Mac application memory error that I first saw with the Mail app on my new M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro. Searching Twitter revealed other apps were also exhibiting the same behavior, which appeared to be mostly Apple’s own apps.

However, it’s now clear from the growing number of reports that a very wide range of apps are affected, and that it happens on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs …

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M1 Max Stories November 1, 2021

My shiny new Mac arrived on Friday, so after a couple of days of fairly extensive use, it’s time to give my M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro first impressions.

I haven’t used it for anything too taxing as yet, so this piece covers what I think of the design, the screen – including that infamous notch – the heat management, and an early look at real-world battery life …

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M1 Max Stories October 29, 2021

YouTuber MrMacRight, whose focus is gaming on Apple devices, has put together a great roundup of M1 Max games tests, running on a 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip and 32GB of unified memory.

It shows that the machine equals or exceeds the performance of Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3060 graphics card, which is a popular choice for mid-range gaming rigs.

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M1 Max Stories October 28, 2021

Latest update: Dropbox says Apple Silicon support in the works – see bottom of piece.

Dropbox M1 support still hasn’t arrived, even after Apple launched its new MacBook Pro models that run on more powerful versions of the chip. Worse, the company claims there isn’t yet enough support for the idea to make it a priority. (This statement was made by a company forum rep who was unaware of the position.)

The Mac app only runs on M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max machines under Rosetta, which reportedly kills the battery and uses a gig of memory …

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M1 Max Stories October 27, 2021

Image by Mann made from 100 stacked TIFF files on MacBook Pro

Following up on his amazing test of the iPhone 13 Pro camera in Tanzania last month, photography expert Austin Mann has shared his review of the MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip. Spoiler, Mann concludes the new MacBook Pros “will substantially affect absolutely everyone,” not just pros. Read on for a closer look at what Mann accomplished with the new notebook and the performance he saw.

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M1 Max Stories October 26, 2021

Apple’s lead over Intel when it comes to laptop chips is undeniable, even by the US chipmaker itself. A deep dive showed that the new MacBook Pro competes against even the best desktop PCs powered by Intel chips, with a similar story emerging against ultra-high-end GPUs.

There have, though, been those suggesting that the lead is either slim or temporary. Two high-profile names dispute this claim: former Mac chief Jean-Louis Gassée, and ex-Windows president Steven Sinofsky.

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M1 Max Stories October 25, 2021

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will soon be available to customers around the world, and they come with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. It’s no surprise at this point that these Apple Silicon chips are extremely powerful, but a new benchmark test run with Affinity’s tool shows that the M1 Max’s GPU beats the $6,000 AMD Radeon Pro W6900X for some tasks.

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An M1 Pro and M1 Max deep dive shows that the new chips don’t just allow the new MacBook Pro models to outclass Windows laptops, but also compete against the best desktop PCs – something that wasn’t even considered possible for a mobile chip!

Making this all the more remarkable is the fact that the actual CPU cores appear to be the same ones found in the base-level M1 chip; it’s just that everything else is better.

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M1 Max Stories October 20, 2021

Apple this week unveiled the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, which are powered by Apple Silicon M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. An early benchmark already revealed that the M1 Max CPU delivers twice the performance of the M1 chip, and now a Metal score from Geekbench 5 shows that the M1 Max offers up to 181% faster graphics than the GPUs found in the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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