M1. Apple’s Most Powerful Chip… Ever.

Apple’s recent event caused quite the conversation amongst Apple enthusiasts and critics alike with the announcement of their very own chip designed exclusively for the Mac with power efficiency and small form factor being just some of the critical design elements of this new powerhouse of a chip.

M1 boasts a build process that includes a mind-boggling 5-nanometre-process and has 16 billion transistors, which according to Apple is the most they have ever squeezed into a chip of this size. So what does this mean for you then, the end-user?

Huge Performance Leap

M1 delivers 3.5x faster CPU performance, 6x faster GPU performance, and 15x faster machine learning but what really peaked everyone’s attention was the 2x battery life than the previous generation of Macs.


GPU, CPU, I/O, Security All in 1

One of the most impressive design elements of the M1 is the integration of multiple pieces of hardware inside the new Macs. This means that instead of having your CPU, Graphics, Security, and I/O split up into individual chips it’s now all apart of one individual chip that improves how collectively these new generations of Mac will function.

CPU Performance

M1 has an 8-core CPU consisting of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. These are the world’s fastest CPU cores in low-power silicon which is good news for photographers editing in RAW high res images and developers building apps faster than ever before.

So in short high-performance cores are best for single-threaded tasks and all four in conjunction give a big increase in multithreaded performance.


Integrated Graphics

M1 also features integrated graphics utilizing its 8 cores to handle seamless playback of multiple 4k video streams to 3D rendering scenes and boasts 2.6 teraflops of throughput.

Machine Learning Speed

Tasks such as voice recognition, image processing, and video analysis have also been improved with the chip design allowing you to edit up to 6k video in Apples own iMovie with a MacBook Air.

M1 Mac Air, Pro, and Mini

Apple’s M1 chip is in the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini all with varying price ranges the mac mini starts off at A$1,099 the Macbook Air A$1,599 leaving the MacBook Pro Starting at A$1,999.

These are available in Australia starting from the 17th of November 2020. It will be interesting to see how many people will make the upgrade to experience what these new generations of Mac can help them create.