Shaky rumor claims redesigned MacBook Pros will feature ‘M1X’ chip and remove front logo
A questionable report today claims that Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro models will feature an “M1X” chip and remove the “MacBook Pro” logo below the display.
The report of 9to5Mac says that “a source with a decent track record” made the statements. According to its source, “the name intended by Apple for the chips in the MacBook Pro” is the “M1X”.
The M1X is an expansion of the M1 which will contain more Thunderbolt channels, processor cores, GPU cores, support for multiple external monitors and higher power consumption. These devices will both feature a 1080p webcam, an SD card reader, three Thunderbolt USB C ports, an updated MagSafe port, and an HDMI port.
9to5Mac suggested that this rumor from its source aligned with Bloomberg Journalist Mark Gurman’s recent report on new MacBook Pro models, but that doesn’t appear to be the case at all upon closer examination.
Earlier this week, Gurman explained that the upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will feature a new Apple silicon chip that includes a 10-core processor with eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, 16 cores or 32 cores. Primary GPU options, support for up to 64GB memory, and support for additional Thunderbolt ports.
Gurman has not commented on the brand of the new MacBook Pro chip, but given what he explained in the report, it seems highly unlikely that it will be an “M1X”.
The crucial detail Gurman explained was that the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and a high-end version of the MacBook Air are also expected to receive a new Apple silicon chip. This chip “will have the same number of compute cores as the M1 but will run faster. It will also see the number of graphics cores drop from seven or eight to nine or 10.”
This means that there are two next-gen Apple silicone chips in the works for MacBooks, one for the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and the top-of-the-line “ MacBook Air ”, and one for MacBook Pro models. 14 and 16 inch redesigned.
According to Gurman, the high-end chip for the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models differs significantly from the “M1”, hence why it doesn’t seem right that it’s an “M1X”. Gurman himself said that “the new chips are different from the design of the M1”. Even so, it would be fair to assume that Apple’s next-gen chip for the MacBook Pro would be called the “M1X” if it weren’t for the other chip supposedly based on the “M1”.
The report is further questioned by speculation on the “M2” chip:
Apple is rumored to reserve the name “M2” for next year’s chips, and that it will likely debut in a new “MacBook Air”.
It seems unlikely that Apple will mark its high-end chip which differs from the design of the M1 the “M1X”, while marking another chip that is less powerful, a direct successor to the M1, and based on its design, the ” M2 “.
In view of these two suspicious allegations, the remainder of the report’s validity is called into question. The claim that the MacBook Pro will ditch the broadcast front logo on Twitter in recent days, including one Jon Prosser’s hint, so it may just be an echo of that speculation.
All other claims about the “M1X” chip and the redesigned MacBook Pros in the report, such as the additional Thunderbolt ports, SD card reader and HDMI port, have already been made by reliable sources such as Gurman and the Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
For more information on Apple’s upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, check out our dedicated “Everything We Know” guide.