The Apple M1 is nothing more than an Apple A14X, but with the name changed, that is, a SoC for tablets that Apple has placed in its low-end PCs. It is obvious that professional users cannot be offered an SoC like the M1, but they need a more powerful one.
Details of the imminent Apple M1X
The Apple M1X as its name says is nothing more than an improved M1, so it shares the same architecture.
The clock speed of the Firestorm cores, the powerful ones is now 3.2 GHz and they have gone from being 4 cores in the SoC to be 8. While the Icestorm are still only four. This change should be enough to make a fool of the current M1 and early adopters of early ARM-powered Macintoshs as the company’s guinea pigs for their transition to ARM.
As for the GPU, the M1X has doubled its specs over the M1 GPU. What does this translate to? For Apple to use it on screens with at least twice the resolution, not counting an improvement in the clock speed of the GPU itself. If the M1 was intended for screens at 1440p or less, in this case it is possible that the new M1X is used in Macs with a 4K screen or resolutions between 1440P and 4K.
The final point is the RAM, it is still 2-channel LPDDR4X and therefore with two memory chips like the current M1. The difference? The capacity has gone from 16GB to 32GB with the new version.
Four cores is not enough
One thing Apple has been doing for a long time is releasing several versions of its SoCs for its devices, which use a common architecture, but differ in terms of the number of CPU and GPU cores. Especially the change is the graphical configuration of the SoC where the iPad usually got a SoC with a better GPU and CPU due to their higher resolution.
Curiously, the first Apple M1 is nothing more than an Apple A14X that has received a rebranding ahead of its launch for the low-end Macintosh. That is, those Apple computers that are in its low range and whose screen resolution is lower than that of an iPad Pro.
It is clear that the jump to the Apple ARM architecture of its entire range of computers requires a much more powerful processor than using an “eight” core mobile SoC. And we put it in quotes due to the fact that what really makes the difference are the four Firestorm cores inside. And today getting a CPU for a high-mid-range PC with only four high-performance cores leaves you quite bad, hence the existence of the Apple M1X.