Ahead of Apple’s “Unleashed” event tomorrow, it looks like the name of Apple’s next-gen silicon chip has appeared. Apple gives its historic silicon chips the “M” branding starting with M1 last year with the 2020 MacBook Pro, and now the next chip might be called either M1 Pro, or M1 Max.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his latest Power On newsletter, he was informed by a Mac developer that their app logs show “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max” as chip names along with the screen resolutions that were revealed on the latest macOS Monterey beta.
“The aforementioned developer tells me that new MacBook Pro chips have appeared in logs under the names “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max.” I’m not saying Apple will take that direction with its actual marketing names, but that’s another—albeit more confusing—possibility. We’ll know for sure in just about 24 hours.”
Gurman states that these names could be temporary due to the confusion it creates, so it is possible that Apple could adopt one of the two names for marketing – if not, a much different name –.
It is still uncertain regarding what will Apple call its next-gen silicon chip, some argue that the chip will be called “M1X”, while others argue that “M2” is the name to go with, while some say that M2 will be given to a chip with a significant upgrade.
Apple has always given its chip names the letters “X” or “Z” to speak for an upgraded chip from its original variant (eg. A12 to A12Z, or A10 to A10X).