Yesterday saw Apple hold their fourth virtual event, debuting the new M1 Apple Silicon chip running on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13″ and Mac mini.
At WWDC last June, Apple announced their plans to bring their own custom designed Silicon to Macs with promises of the first ARM-based Macs before the end of the year. Yesterday at Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ event, we indeed got our first three Macs with the new M1 chip: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13″ and Mac mini. According to Apple, M1 delivers an impressive leap in performance and efficiency.
M1 joins Apple’s other own designed SoCs (system on a chip) alongside the A-series iPhone, iPad and Apple TV chips, S-series Watch chips and W/H-series headphone chips.
- 8-core CPU – up to 3x faster performance over the previous generation
- 8-core GPU – up to 6x faster graphics performance
- 16-core Neural Engine – up to 15x faster machine learning performance
- 2x faster SSD
- Advance thermal design
- Wi-Fi 6
- Two Thunderbolt/USB-C 4 ports, Two USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack
- $699 – $100 cheaper than the previous model
- Available for pre-order today, shipping starts 17th November