Apple ‘M1 Max’ and ‘M1 Pro’ chips appear ahead of today’s Mac event

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Apple Unleashed event bug New Apple “M1 Max” and “M1 Pro” chips have appeared for the first time ahead of today’s big “Unleashed” event, which is expected to bring big Mac upgrades. It’s not yet clear if these will be their final names, however.

Recent rumors suggested at least one of Apple’s next-generation chips, expected to debut inside a new MacBook Pro and possibly other machines that Apple will announce later today, will go by the name “M1X.”

New Apple Silicon chips on the way

We can’t know for certain exactly what Apple will unveil during today’s event. But we’re all fairly sure we’ll see a MacBook Pro refresh at the very least — and that the new laptops will be powered by faster Apple Silicon chips.

The M1 inside the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and 24-inch iMac totally blew us away. But its successor, which could feature up to 16 cores for processing and 32 for graphics, should prove even more spectacular.

The latest reports indicate the chip will be called the M1X, but according to one app developer who has been speaking to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it could instead be named the M1 Max or M1 Pro.

In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman reveals that both the M1 Max and M1 Pro names have appeared in app logs shared by the unnamed Mac app developer ahead of today’s Unleashed event.

Apple M1 Max, M1 Pro on the way?

“I’m not saying Apple will take that direction with its actual marketing names, but that’s another — albeit more confusing — possibility,” Gurman wrote.

It’s entirely possible these are internal monikers for the chips, and that their final, public names will be different. Apple chose to add the X and Z suffixes to its faster iPhone and iPad chip releases in the past, but it could take a different route with the M-series that’s predominantly used inside Macs.

We’ll find out for certain later today. Apple’s Unleashed event kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. GMT — and you’ll be able to watch the whole thing live. If you’re a Mac user, you won’t want to miss it.