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Apple M1 chip features in new MacBook Air, Pro and Mini models

Apple M1 chip features in new MacBook Air, Pro and Mini models

Apple has officially unveiled its new lineup of Mac computers – the first to feature its in-house-designed M1 computer chip – at its virtual

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Apple has officially unveiled its new lineup of Mac computers – the first to feature its in-house-designed M1 computer chip – at its virtual ‘One More Thing’ event.  

The tech giant claims M1 delivers twice the performance of other commercially available PC chips, transforming the new Macbook Air into the fastest computer Apple has ever produced.

The chip features a unified memory architecture, integrated GPU, neural engine, and is the tech giant’s highest performing core to date. 

New versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini all featuring the new chip will go on sale next week, with Apple touting major performance upgrades in each of them. 

Apple says the new MacBook Air, which starts at £999 in the UK and $999 in the US, is three-and-a-half times faster than previously, but with increased efficiency that means it has the ‘longest battery ever’ for an Air, with up to 18 hours of video playback on offer. 

It features 15 hours of wireless web browsing, 18 hours of video playback and allows twice as long video conferencing than previous models – a key upgrade, as much of the world is still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The computer is designed with a 13.3-inch display and starts with 16GB of memory, but users have the option to upgrade to 2TB of storage. 

Meanwhile, Apple also unleashed the new M1 in its Mac mini, providing it with three times the performance than its predecessor.

The upgraded system starts at $699 (£699 in the UK), which is $100 less than last year’s device. 

This marks the first time in the Mac’s 36-year history that the Mac lineup will be powered by an Apple-designed processor, offering better performance, higher bandwidth and less power consumption than the Intel-based machines currently in use. 

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Apple has officially unveiled the first Mac computers with its new in-house M1 chip at its virtual 'One More Thing' event. The Macbook Air (left), MacBook Pro (center) and Mac mini (right)

Apple has officially unveiled the first Mac computers with its new in-house M1 chip at its virtual 'One More Thing' event. The Macbook Air (left), MacBook Pro (center) and Mac mini (right)

Apple has officially unveiled the first Mac computers with its new in-house M1 chip at its virtual ‘One More Thing’ event. The Macbook Air (left), MacBook Pro (center) and Mac mini (right)

Wayne Lam, Senior Director, Research, CCS Insight, said: ‘It was surprising to see Apple announce three products to showcase its new Arm platform for Mac, I’d only expected one or two.’

‘The MacBook Air is the showcase for mobility – light, fast and great battery life. The MacBook Pro is the workhorse to prove Arm can deliver and the Mac Mini will be a key product for developers getting ready for when Apple rolls out Arm-powered Apple Silicon to even more of its range.’

‘Offering three products across different types of Mac compute products Apple is clearly demonstrating the M1’s design versatility.’

Apple has used Intel Chips in its Mac computers since 2005. 

With the new move Apple is now on the path to producing all of its chips in-house, with the M1 designed specifically for the Mac.  

Apple has officially unveiled the first Mac computers with its new in-house M1 chip at its virtual 'One More Thing' event. The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display and starts with 16GB of memory - users can pay extra for an upgrade to 2TB of storage

Apple has officially unveiled the first Mac computers with its new in-house M1 chip at its virtual 'One More Thing' event. The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display and starts with 16GB of memory - users can pay extra for an upgrade to 2TB of storage

Apple has officially unveiled the first Mac computers with its new in-house M1 chip at its virtual ‘One More Thing’ event. The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display and starts with 16GB of memory – users can pay extra for an upgrade to 2TB of storage

M1 is based on the same technology used in the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, meaning the new Macs can run apps that were initially designed for Apple’s other devices. 

Johny Srouji, SVP of hardware technologies, said the M1 transforms the new Mac lineup ‘into a completely new class of products.’ 

‘There has never been a chip like M1, our breakthrough SoC for the Mac. It builds on more than a decade of designing industry-leading chips for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and ushers in a whole new era for the Mac,’ Srouji said. 

‘When it comes to low-power silicon, M1 has the world’s fastest CPU core, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and the amazing machine learning performance of the Apple Neural Engine.

‘With its unique combination of remarkable performance, powerful features, and incredible efficiency, M1 is by far the best chip we’ve ever created.’ 

Apple now on the path for producing all of its chips in-house, which is called Apple Silicon, but the M1 is designed specifically for the Mac

Apple now on the path for producing all of its chips in-house, which is called Apple Silicon, but the M1 is designed specifically for the Mac

Apple now on the path for producing all of its chips in-house, which is called Apple Silicon, but the M1 is designed specifically for the Mac

M1 delivers two times the performance per watt compared to the PC chip, transforming the new Macbook Air into the fastest computer Apple has produced

M1 delivers two times the performance per watt compared to the PC chip, transforming the new Macbook Air into the fastest computer Apple has produced

M1 delivers two times the performance per watt compared to the PC chip, transforming the new Macbook Air into the fastest computer Apple has produced

M1 is based on a 5-nanometer process, allowing Macs to transition to a smaller chip – Intel has not yet mastered the development of a chip this size. 

The chip also features an 8-core CPU that allows users to edit high-resolution photos on the new Mac ‘with lightning speed’, and developers to build apps nearly three times faster than before.  

Because of the in-house chip, the MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance, and its machine learning operations are also nine times faster.

M1's technology is based on the chips used in the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, which will allow Macs to run apps that were initially designed for Apple's other devices

M1's technology is based on the chips used in the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, which will allow Macs to run apps that were initially designed for Apple's other devices

M1’s technology is based on the chips used in the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, which will allow Macs to run apps that were initially designed for Apple’s other devices

The 2020 MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance and its machine learning operations is also nine times faster

The 2020 MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance and its machine learning operations is also nine times faster

The 2020 MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance and its machine learning operations is also nine times faster

The 2020 MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance and its machine learning operations is also nine times faster

The 2020 MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance and its machine learning operations is also nine times faster

The 2020 MacBook Air is more than three times faster than Intel-powered Macs, has up to five times faster graphics performance and its machine learning operations is also nine times faster

The 13-inch MacBook Pro, which also boasts the M1 chip and has a starting price of £1,299, provides up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing – 10 more hours than the Intel-powered model.

User can also experience 20 hours of video playback on a signal charge, making this ‘the longest battery life ever in a Mac.’ 

‘The Apple M1 chip gives the 13‑inch MacBook Pro speed and power beyond belief. With up to 2.8x CPU performance. Up to 5x the graphics speed,’ reads Apple’s webiste.

‘Our most advanced Neural Engine for up to 11x faster machine learning.’  

Users can also upgrade the MacBook Pro to 2TB of storage, but the system starts at $1,299 with 16GB of memory.

‘The move to Arm chips is not without risk. Microsoft is the blueprint for the potential and the pitfalls of introducing Arm to the PC market,’ Lam said.

‘It tried to force the move prematurely with Windows RT, but its tight collaboration with Qualcomm is finally bearing fruit. Apple’s vertical integration should make this an easier undertaking but there could still be difficulties and early teething problems.’

Apple enthusiasts predicted that the tech giant would reveal a new chip in its next-generation of Macs, but what they failed to imagine is that the processor would be added to the Mac mini. 

Apple unveiled its new lineup of Macbooks at a virtual event, all of which feature the tech giant's first in-house chip called M1. The firm also shared details of the seventh macOS release - macOS Big Sur

Apple unveiled its new lineup of Macbooks at a virtual event, all of which feature the tech giant's first in-house chip called M1. The firm also shared details of the seventh macOS release - macOS Big Sur

Apple unveiled its new lineup of Macbooks at a virtual event, all of which feature the tech giant’s first in-house chip called M1. The firm also shared details of the seventh macOS release – macOS Big Sur

Apple enthusiasts predicted that the tech giant would reveal a new chip in its next-generation of Macs, but what they failed to speculate that the processor would be included with the new Mac mini

Apple enthusiasts predicted that the tech giant would reveal a new chip in its next-generation of Macs, but what they failed to speculate that the processor would be included with the new Mac mini

Apple enthusiasts predicted that the tech giant would reveal a new chip in its next-generation of Macs, but what they failed to speculate that the processor would be included with the new Mac mini

‘New guts. More glory,’ is Apple’s tagline on the site for announcing the upgrade. 

M1 provides similar power as the larger models, but provides six times faster graphics and makes the mini 60 percent more energy efficient.

Apple notes that the 2020 Mac mini is capable of supporting two displays, as well as display port options like Thunderbolt and USB 4 – it starts at $699. 

And the ‘One More Thing’ event did not stop there.

Apple also introduced its macOS Big Sur, the seventh release of macOS, that 'takes advantage of all the capability and power of M1.' With the two technologies combined, users are said to experience browsing on Safari up to 1.5 times faster running JavaScript and claims to be twice as responsive than previous macOS systems

Apple also introduced its macOS Big Sur, the seventh release of macOS, that 'takes advantage of all the capability and power of M1.' With the two technologies combined, users are said to experience browsing on Safari up to 1.5 times faster running JavaScript and claims to be twice as responsive than previous macOS systems

Apple also introduced its macOS Big Sur, the seventh release of macOS, that ‘takes advantage of all the capability and power of M1.’ With the two technologies combined, users are said to experience browsing on Safari up to 1.5 times faster running JavaScript and claims to be twice as responsive than previous macOS systems

Apple also introduced its macOS Big Sur, the seventh release of macOS, that ‘takes advantage of all the capability and power of M1.’

With the two technologies combined, users are said to experience browsing on Safari up to 1.5 times faster running JavaScript and claims to be twice as responsive than previous macOS systems.

Wayne Lam, Senior Director, Research, CCS Insight, said: ‘It was surprising to see Apple announce three products to showcase its new Arm platform for Mac, I’d only expected one or two.’

WHAT IS APPLE’S NEW ARM PROCESSOR?

Apple is switching from Intel to its own custom-made ARM chips.

The switch to its own silicon-based chips will allow apps made for iOS and iPad to run natively in MacOS for the first time.

It says the transition will also increase performance and consumes less power than the Intel chips it currently uses. It may also make it easier for developers to optimize apps across its ecosystem.

At WWDC, Apple officially announced the transition, saying that it will start the transition by the end of 2020. The process could take about two years.

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