M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini Now Available
Apple at WWDC 2020 announced plans to transition away from Intel chips to Macs built with its own Apple Silicon chips starting in late 2020. Apple's custom chips are Arm-based and are similar to the A-series chips used in iPhones and iPads, and Apple unveiled the first Apple Silicon Macs in November.
This guide covers everything we know about Apple Silicon, Apple's plans to transition the entire Mac lineup away from Intel chips, and Apple's efforts to make it easy for developers to design apps for the new Arm-based Macs.
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The M1 is Apple's first "System on a Chip" for the Mac, and it integrates several different components including the CPU, GPU, unified memory architecture (RAM), Neural Engine, Secure Enclave, SSD controller, image signal processor, encode/decode engines, Thunderbolt controller with USB 4 support, and more, all of which power the different features in the Mac.
The M1 chip is the most powerful chip that Apple has created to date, and it is similar to the A14 chip in the latest iPhone and iPad Air models, built on a 5-nanometer process by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).