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Apple M4 Processor Series

Understanding the Apple M4 Series processors

The M4 Series will be built on the 2nm process. Previously they were rumored to go into production in the 2nd half of 2025 with systems available starting in 2026. Now apparently, Mark Gurman says the end of 2024 we will begin to see low-end and mid-tier M4 series system, with high-end in 2025.

TSMC who manufactures these chips for Apple, is also rumored to be working on 1.4nm chips, expected as soon as 2027. There are also plans for 1nm chips at a later date.

We must be getting closer to the limit of how far we can shrink these chips. A human hair is 80,000-100,000 nanometers wide. A single gold atom is about a third of a nanometer, so you would think a 1nm process must be awfully close to the limit.

Yehuda Rothschild Apple M4 Processor Series YouTube Channel

The brilliance of Apple silicon is the components of each one are the same. There are just more or less of them in each type.

Performance of the various M4 processors, just like their predecessors really will boil down to the base M4 processor performance. At this point specifications are wild guesstimates starting with M3 Series specifications.

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ComponentM4 ?M4 Pro ?M4 Max ?M4 Ultra ?M4 Extreme ?
Efficiency CPU Cores464816
Efficiency Clock2.75GHz2.75GHz2.75GHz2.75GHz2.75GHz
Performance CPU Cores45 or 610 or 1220 or 2440 or 48
Performance Clock4.05GHz4.05GHz4.05GHz4.05GHz4.05GHz
Neural Engine Cores1616163264
GPU Cores options8 or 1014 or 1830 or 4060 or 80120 or 160
Unified Memory options8GB 16GB 24GB18GB 36GB36GB 48GB 64GB 96GB 128GB64GB 96GB 128GB 192GB 256GB128GB 192GB 256GB 384GB 512GB
Memory Bandwidth100GB/s150GB/s300GB/s or 400GB/s800GB/s1600GB/s
Video Decode Engines11124
Video Encode Engines11248
ProRes Encode-Decode Engines11248

Assuming a 2 year processor life cycle, before the end of 2027 the M4 Series should be history and fully replaced by the Apple M5 Processor Series in newly released products.

CPU & GPU Performance Benchmarks

Buying an Apple M4 Series computer

Any Apple M4 Series computer will be an incredible experience compared to music and video production on Intel hardware. However it is highly recommended to get at least 16GB of memory (or more) and 512GB storage (or more) if you select an M4 Series system.

There are 9 basic form factors of Apple macOS systems with M4 Series processors expected, 5 laptops and 4 desktops.

  • 13″ MacBook Air M4
  • 15″ MacBook Air M4
  • 14″ MacBook Pro M4
  • 14″ MacBook Pro M4 Pro & M4 Max
  • 16″ MacBook Pro M4 Pro & M4 Max
  • 24″ iMac M4
  • Mac mini M4 & M4 Pro
  • Mac Studio M4 Max & M4 Ultra
  • Mac Pro M4 Ultra & M4 Extreme

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Useful Links

Apple related pages
Updated periodically – Apple Silicon is the DAW standard
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M2 Max & M2 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M3 Max & M3 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M2 Pro & M2 Max
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M3 Pro & M3 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Pro M2 Ultra
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Pro M3 Ultra & M3 Extreme
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M1
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M2 & M2 Pro
Updated periodically – Apple Mac mini M3 & M3 Pro
Updated periodically – Apple Studio Display
Updated periodically – Apple M1 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple M2 Processor Series
Updated periodically – Apple M3 Processor Series

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