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- Apple’s new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini look the same on the outside as the previous models, but the company’s M1 “system-on-a-chip” (SoC) processor marks a huge change in how those laptops and computers work under the hood.
- Apple’s M1-based laptops and computers are claimed to have better performance and longer battery life than other laptops that run on more traditional processors from Intel or AMD.
- The performance and battery gains come from the M1’s integration of several different components into one single chip, making for better efficiency, whereas the traditional setup included several different components spread out individually.
- Reviewers have yet to validate Apple’s claims about the M1’s supposed capabilities, but the biggest question is whether the apps and software you use will work on Apple computers running on its M1 chip.
Apple kicked down the door and laid down some big claims with its new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini computers during an event that took place on November 10.
The star of the show was the M1 system-on-a-chip (SoC) — Apple’s own home-gown SoC that supposedly comes with big performance while exceeding battery life numbers beyond Windows-based laptops, and even Apple’s own laptops.
The M1 marks Apple’s departure from Intel and the way that laptops typically and traditionally work under the hood. Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s new M1 chip and how it’s different.
Apple’s M1 is more similar to processors in smartphones than it is to a computer chip
Apple’s new M1 is a “system-on-a-chip” (SoC) which is to say that the majority of the components that a computer needs to run are integrated into one chip rather than having several individual chips spread throughout a logic board (basically a circuit board that hosts all the chips).