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Apple Releases it's Most Powerful Chip; M1

The global pandemic has failed at halting Apple's innovation in the technology market with the release of its new M1 chip built specifically for Macs, promising a bundle of more features that have industry ground-breaking performance. M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometre process technology and has the most transistors, Apple has ever put into a chip. It features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, and the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer. The m1 even offers enhanced machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine.


If you're wondering what this translates to; the M1 chip can have up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning. In addition to this, the battery life can sustain up to 2 times longer than previously released Macs.


Release

Apple has three products featuring M1 for sale now; the new MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro or the Mac Mini. All of which come with two M1 configurations, as well as offering two Intel configurations on MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini offering one Intel processor.


Features

The M1 chip features an 8-core CPU with four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, which Apple says deliver “outstanding performance at a tenth of the power”. The cores provide industry-leading performance for single-threaded tasks, with Apple stating that they are the “world’s fastest CPU cores in low-power silicon”. While the cores provide the most battery-efficient way to run lightweight weight tasks, alternately, all eight cores can deliver the world’s best CPU performance per watt when used together to provide incredible compute power for the most demanding tasks.


The M1s features go even further with an 8-core GPU, which can execute 25,000 threads concurrently, meaning the M1 can manage the most "demanding tasks with ease. Additionally, Apple’s data shows that the M1 has the “world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer”. The newly available MacBook Pro and Mac mini are available exclusively featuring the 8-core GPU, further, the new MacBook Air can be bought including a 7-core version or an 8-core version of the GPU.


The M1 chip also has features that support machine learning (ML) tasks, with the Apple Neural Engine, which features Apple’s most advanced to date 16-core architecture capable of 11 trillion operations per second. This means the Neural Engine in M1 allows for up to 15x faster ML performance and allows you to engage with "video analysis, voice recognition, and image processing" says Apple.


Price

The prices for the new mac models range from £999 to £2549, here is a break down of all available;

MacMini;

Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU 256GB Storage £699

Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU 512GB Storage £899

MacBook Air;

13" Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 7‑Core GPU 256GB Storage £999

13" Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU 512GB Storage £1249

MacBook Pro;

13"Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU 256GB Storage £1299

13"Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU 512GB Storage £1499




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