Apple today introduced the first MacOS computers featuring its internally-developed M1 processor, the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.
According to the company, the M1-powered macs offer up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before.
“M1 is by far the most powerful chip we’ve ever created,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. ‘and, combined with Big Sur, delivers mind-blowing performance, extraordinary battery life, and access to more software and apps than ever before.”
Here are the highlights of the new ‘Apple Silicon’ Macs:
The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular Mac and the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. Its powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation.
- With up to an 8-core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air. ML workloads are up to 9x faster, so apps that use ML-based features like face recognition or object detection can do so in a fraction of the time.
- The M1 chip’s storage controller and latest flash technology deliver up to 2x faster SSD performance, so previewing massive images or importing large files is faster than ever.
- MacBook Air also delivers this performance in a fanless design, which means no matter what users are doing, it remains completely silent.
- And the new MacBook Air features extraordinary battery life, with up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback — the longest battery life ever on a MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air is priced at $999, and $899 for education.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s most popular pro notebook. Its 8-core CPU, when paired with the MacBook Pro’s active cooling system, is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation, delivering game-changing performance when compiling code, transcoding video, editing high-resolution photos, and more.
- The 8-core GPU is up to 5x faster, allowing users to enjoy super smooth graphics performance whether they are designing a graphics-intensive game or a new product.
- ML is up to 11x faster.
- With up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 20 hours of video playback, MacBook Pro delivers up to twice the battery life of the previous generation and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.
Other new features in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro include ‘studio-quality mics’ for super clear recordings and calls, and Apple’s latest camera ISP in the M1 chip enables sharper images and more detail in shadows and highlights on video calls. The new MacBook Pro also delivers best-in-class security with the Secure Enclave in M1 and Touch ID. And it features two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support to connect to more peripherals than ever, including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution.
It is available for the same starting price of just $1,299, and $1,199 for education.
The new Mac mini features an 8-core CPU, with up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation.
- An 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance.
- Apple says that the Mac mini enables up to 3x as many real-time plug-ins in Logic Pro.
- Mac mini also features an advanced thermal design to sustain its breakthrough performance while staying cool and quiet, support for up to two displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution, and Wi-Fi 6 for faster wireless performance and the Secure Enclave in M1 for best-in-class security.
Mac mini is now available starting at $699, $100 less than the previous-generation quad-core model.
See the Apple site for details.