16 November 2020
Apple has introduced the new M1, its first ARM-based chip specifically for the Macs. The new M1 is a 5nm-based processor, just like Apple’s other A14 Bionic for the latest iPhones and iPads.
Apple did briefly announce during its WWDC event that it is transitioning to its own ARM-based chips from Intel but it is the first time we are learning its marketing name and more details as well.
According to Apple’s claims, the new M1 chip offers three times better performance per watt than. Apple also touts that its new M1 has four fastest CPU cores paired with four high-efficiency cores. This eight-core CPU is further coupled with an eight-core GPU, which according to Apple is the fastest integrated graphics. The arrangement also includes a 16-core Neural Engine that is capable of 11 trillion processes per second. Apple exemplifies that apps like Final Cut Pro can render things up to six times faster.
Apple's new M1 offers high bandwidth and low-latency. According to Apple, the new memory architecture of M1 improves performance and power usage to great extent. Apple also says the new macOS Big Sur update has been designed to work efficiently on Apple Silicon.
Apple’s secure enclave is embedded in the chipset as well, this means there is no need for a separate T2 chip. It also includes USB 4 controller, media encode and decode engines, and many security features.
Apple’s new M1 processor will power its newly announced MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.