Just four months after Apple announced that it was ditching Intel processors in favor of its own chips, the company unveiled the first models of devices equipped with the M1 chip.
The M1 is the first system-on-a-chip for a Mac to feature 8 CPU cores, 8 GPU cores, and 16 Neural Engine cores. For production, a 5-nm technical process is used – for the first time on personal computers. At the same time, Apple claims that the M1 is equipped with the fastest CPU cores in the world, four of which are powerful and four are designed for high energy efficiency.
The company claims that the M1 uses a third of the power of traditional GPUs and has better CPU performance per watt – twice as powerful as typical PC chips, allowing for 11 trillion operations per second.
The first devices with the M1 chip will be the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. In addition, the operating system macOS Big Sur is already optimized for the M1, which allows you to launch devices and applications instantly.
A MacBook Air equipped with an M1 will retail for $ 999. One of the main differences between the device will be the lack of a cooler.
The MacBook Pro looks identical to the current model from Intel, but the performance is 2.8x faster with the M1 and the GPU is 5x faster. Overall performance is three times higher than Windows counterpart. The company claims that the laptop will last 18 hours in the browser or 20 hours when watching videos.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $ 1,299 – just like the Intel counterpart. The M1 version will start shipping on November 17th.