Apple will be hosting their One More Thing hardware event 10 November 2020. (https://www.apple.com/apple-events/)
Many people have been waiting for this event because they have speculated that Apple’s latest devices, the Apple Silicon chips, will be unveiled here, as expected. These included several improvements.
The focus was on the M1 chip (ARM), the first member of Apple’s Apple Silicon family, to replace the Intel processors (x64) included in Apple’s Mac computers.
This M1 chip is the first CPU to be manufactured for a desktop computer under the 5nm process and is mainly equipped with 4 performance cores and 4 power-efficient cores with an octa-core design.
Apple claims that this is the highest performance CPU ever produced per watt in the world and that it can produce up to a quarter of the power of an average CPU.
The chip has a graphics processor with 8 cores, capable of processing up to 25,000 threads at a time, making it the world’s fastest integrated graphics processor.
Also, the CPU includes a 16-core Neural Engine, a universal memory architecture, a Thunderbolt controller supported by Apple’s own USB 4, an image signal processor, media encode/decode engines and several other security features.
The unique feature of this is that in the past, all these parts were mounted separately in different places throughout the motherboard, and through this, Apple has taken steps to create this as a single chip.
They also point out that all of these processors are located in one place, so when using cache memory, instead of copying the same data to different memory pools, you can now access the memory as a shared memory pool for all of these components.
Apple also said that the macOS Big Sur operating system is designed to work very well with the chip, adding more information about new features and enhancements added to macOS, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro as well as Mac mini computers.
MacBook Air model powered by Apple Silicon M1 chip.
During the One More Thing event, Apple unveiled the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, as well as several Mac mini models powered by this new M1 chip based on ARM architecture.
Launched in March 2020 for the same price as the MacBook Air computer, the $ 999 MacBook is now available for order through their website.
The base model comes with a 7-core GPU and 256GB of storage as well as 8GB of RAM, while the model with an 8-core GPU and 512GB of storage is priced at $ 1,249. As mentioned in the article on the 1M1 chip, the CPU included here is more similar to the processor included in the iPhone and iPad, allowing users to save a great deal of battery power on the MacBook Air.
Apple claims that it can be used for an additional 6 hours, a total of 18 hours, compared to the older MacBook Air models, once charged, and that there is no fan and no noise.
In particular, this M1 chip-powered MacBook computer has the ability to do wireless web browsing for up to 15 hours and watch video for up to 18 hours.
As a feature of this new chip, especially the ability to wake up instantly like an iPhone, it will be able to turn on and work as soon as the laptop is opened.
It also has an 8-core GPU that has 5 times more graphical performance than the older model, and Apple points out that this is even more important when playing software such as Final Cut Pro.
Also, the M1 chip’s dedicated 16 ‑ core Neural Engine allows you to perform machine learning tasks up to 9 times faster, as well as features such as auto-detection when retouching photos and using audio filters. They state that this will have a direct impact.
The new MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, which supports the P3 wide colour gamut and can recreate more than 25% of the average sRGB colour space.
Apple also points out that the white point of the display on the MacBook Air adjusts automatically to the colour temperature of the user’s environment, making it very comfortable for the eye.
It also supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and Touch ID, and has two USB-C ports that support DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, and USB 3.1 Gen 2.
With all of this and a host of other features, the new MacBook Air comes with several other attractive features, including the ability to run iOS apps directly on a computer with the macOS Big Sur operating system specifically designed for the M1 chip.