Apple introduces its own M1 chip powering new Macs

November 10, 2020

To debut with the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

After being teased last June, Apple has officially revealed more details about its new chip that will soon be running on its entire Mac line. Officially named M1, this SoC features 16 billion transistors and integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O into one tiny chip.

As it comes from the heels of the powerful chips that already power the iPhone and the iPad, Apple showcased how the M1 chip is leaps and bounds better than existing chips on the market. All of this power is highlighted along with the dramatically improved battery life.

M1 has an 8-core CPU that features four performance cores that are utilized on high-intensity tasks and four efficiency cores that deliver optimized performance while just using a tenth of the power. An 8-core GPU is also present that lets you edit multiple 4K streams on apps like Final Cut Pro.

That’s definitely a lot of power packed inside one chip. True to Apple fashion, numerous developers have also showcased their apps that have been optimized for M1. What’s more, this also allows devices with the M1 chip to now natively run iPhone and iPad apps. macOS Sur is also optimized for M1, which marks the start of Apple transitioning its Mac line to run on its own chip.

The reveal of the M1 also saw the announcement of three new Macs that run on it: the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

MacBook Air

With the M1 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Air performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. The efficiency of the processor also allows the MacBook Air to deliver up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback. It’s whisper-quiet too since it doesn’t have any internal fans.

The MacBook Air will be available on November 17 and prices start at 4,199 AED.

MacBook Pro 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro also got a significant performance upgrade with the M1. It’s now 2.8x faster than the previous generation along with GPU performance that’s 5x faster. It also features studio-quality mics plus a new camera ISP for improved video calls. There are also two Thunderbolt ports that support USB 4 that lets you connect multiple peripherals.

The MacBook Pro will be available on November 17 and prices start at 5,399 AED.

Mac mini

The Mac mini retains that same small design, but as it is now powered by the M1 chip, you’re getting 3x faster performance compared to the last Mac mini. It can even support up to two displays, and there’s Wi-Fi 6 for the best wireless performance plus a Secure Enclave to keep it secure.

The Mac mini will be available on November 17 and prices start at 2,999 AED.

Additionally, macOS Big Sur will be released to all compatible Macs on November 12.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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