Apple has planned to switch to its own processing chips for more than three-four years. They wanted to move away from Intel’s chips for some major reasons. From the Bionic Chips in the iPhone and iPad Products, Apple has now launched its own laptop processor chip called M1. Apple is set to launch the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and the MacBook Pro as their official M1 line-up for 2020. These brand-new ARM-based M1 devices are up for sale since 18 November 2020.
Mac is Apple’s flagship laptop and desktop line-up optimized for the best user experience with their Macintosh Operating System. Apple is known for having exclusive internals with most of their housemade products and now, they have their own processor. The new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13″ are revisions of the 2019 laptop models only with a new M1 processor and integrated graphics. Along with that, Mac Mini is a small form factor device that can be plugged into any display carrying the same amount of power as these laptops. Apple advertised that these devices can deliver performance on par with the i5 and i7 laptop chips from Intel.
The design for these devices was not changed for this launch. The MacBook Pro 13″ can still be bought with the Intel processors but Apple says that the M1 version delivers better processor and graphics performance than both their intel models. M1 Macbook Pro comes with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of high-Speed SSD storage. With the new ARM chip, Apple claims that MacBook Pro can hit 20 hours of battery time (video playback at half brightness). The device comes with the same retina screen from last year, with all other good stuff retained. MacBook Pro 13″ basic model is available for sale at $1300.
The MacBook Air and Mac Mini have similar types of specifications but these two models are limited in hardware, coming at cheaper price as a result. MacBook Air starts at $1000 while the MacBook Mini starts at $700. Still, Both these devices have surpassed the performance of their older model after the 8-core M1 chip was incorporated into the ecosystem. While the new chip is highly optimized for Apple’s own software, the other programs that run on emulated tasks also did well with these devices. It only goes to show how well Apple did with its new chip.
Future of Apple’s Arm Based Chips
Apple has brought much innovation to the world of tech over its time of existence. Some of their decisions have collected controversy but they continue to try new stuff and the rest of the companies follow. Everyone knew that Intel’s chips were not used to their best in Apple’s chassis for Mac products and Apple has continued to look for an alternative. With much support in the ARM-based devices, Apple decided they would develop their own Laptop chips. They had some experience with the mobile chips that run on the iPhone. The struggle continued but Apple has finally developed something that can be built upon for a long time.
Intel is already getting hot competition from AMD in the desktop CPU race. Apple is soon to follow with the “M1X and M2” chip, rumored to be more powerful and efficient than the M1 processor. This means that Intel’s dominance in the Laptop world is also in danger in the coming years, on top of that, it is Apple creating the competition.