Apple execs excited about M1 Max MacBook Pro video editing capabilities
The M1 Max is a game-changing chip for video editing and graphics-heavy workflows, Apple executives have said in a podcast about the new MacBook Pro models, with the top-end chip capable of some video production feats that some Mac Pro variants cannot match.
Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro include some hefty processing capabilities, in the form of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
In an interview, Pro Mac Product Line Manager Shruti Haldea along with Luke Tristram spoke about the chips, and the various benefits introduced with the new notebooks.
For the M1 Max, Haldea says it has a “pretty game-changing” memory bandwidth of 400GB/s along with the configurable 64 gigabytes of unified memory, according to the “Same Brain” podcast. The level is such that, while you can do 8K video playback on an M1 MacBook Pro and can do 4K video editing on a MacBook Air, there’s more that can be done at the higher-end of the product spectrum.
“One thing that is true about this architecture is that it delivers extraordinary performance, and so there are cases in which the M1 Max chip outdoes what Mac Pro can do,” Haldea offers.
“One example of that is, thanks to the ProRes accelerators that are built into the Media Engine, M1 Max has two of those engines for hardware-accelerated encode and decode, so as a result, you can run seven streams of 8K ProRes in Final Cut Pro on a 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max. That’s more streams than on a 28-core Mac Pro with an Afterburner Card, so you’re literally out-doing a workstation.”
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While the number of streams is important, Tristram adds that it’s the speed of exports that’s another benefit to video editors.
“You’re just going to be able to get your projects rendered and exported so much faster. It is one of those times where you just, I think especially some who loves video, you just take a deep breath, it’s just so exciting.”
The lengthy interview also covers areas including editing in Final Cut Pro, the cooling capabilities of the notebook under load, the new ports, and battery life.
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Apple’s latest MacBooks Pro will be backordered until at least December
If you didn’t preorder the latest Apple laptop, you won’t be getting it for a while.
If you want to get your hands on a new Macbook Pro but didn’t place a preorder, you may be out of luck until December, or beyond.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks Pro, outfitted with the fancy new M1 Pro or M1 Max chips, debuted on Oct. 18.
The laptops were immediately available for preorder, and those who placed one should be set to receive their new laptops by Oct. 26, as planned. But if you were hoping to make the purchase when the laptops were more widely available, you’ll be waiting until at least November or December, depending on your desired configuration.
As of Oct. 24, the two available purchasing options for the 14-inch MacBook Pro on Apple’s website sets delivery date between Nov.
16-23. The three available options for the 16-inch laptop puts delivery between Nov. 23-Dec. 1. If you choose to configure the storage options on either size laptop, delivery dates could get pushed all the way to Dec. 23.
While Apple doesn’t offer an explanation for the months-long wait time, it could be due to ongoing supply chain issues. Apple’s last Intel laptop dipped low in stock right before this latest batch of M1 MacBooks, which could point to supply issues even before the launch. However, Apple could also have been reducing Intel stock in preparation for M1’s launch.
Whether it’s low supply or simply extra high demand — or perhaps some combination of the two, with other factors like worldwide shipping hiccups getting in the way — the latest MacBooks will be hard to come by for at least some time.
If you’re trying to gift one by Christmas, we recommend ordering ASAP or risking even more delays!
Estimated ship times for preorders of new MacBook Pro models now into late November, early December
If you add customizations, it pushes the ship date back even later
Shipping estimates on the Apple Store for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro pre-orders have started sliding into late November and early December.
As of Sunday morning, estimates for the standard configurations of the 14-inch MacBook Pro were showing delivery dates between November 16th and 23rd. Customizing a 14-inch Pro could push the estimated delivery into mid-December.
For the 16-inch MacBook Pro, standard configurations are showing estimated shipping times between November 23rd and December 1st, with customized options also showing mid-December ship dates depending what you choose.
Apple introduced its new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops at its “Unleashed” event on October 18th.
The new design eliminates the Touch Bar in favor of a full-sized function row.
Apple also added a notch to MacBook Pro screens for the first time, and brought back more port options, including an HDMI port, three Thunderbolt ports, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack.
We also get the return of the MagSafe charger with the new MacBook Pros, with Apple promising charging up to 50 percent within 30 minutes. The new laptops will also have Apple’s adaptive refresh rate technology ProMotion, and Mini-LED 120Hz refresh displays.
The 14-inch model starts at $1,999, and the 16-inch model starts at $2,499.