Apple recently unveiled its first-ever Apple made chip for Macs at their “One More Thing” event. It’s called the M1 chip. For those unaware, the M1 is a 5-nano meter(nm) chip consisting of 16 billion transistors and 8 total cores, where 4 of them are high-performance cores and the other 4 are efficiency cores. This array of cores is similar to that of the A-series chips on the iPhones and iPads. Let’s look into the key features of this remarkable device, and what it has to offer.
The MacBook air is Apple’s thinnest, lightest 13’’ notebook yet. Let’s check out the specs of the base model, it has a 13.3’’ retina display which has a brightness of 400 nits, a 49.9-watt-hour battery that charges at a speed of 30W, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a Touch ID sensor that every iPhone user fell in love with. It has 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports that are capable of data transfer, charging, and giving a video output. And most importantly it has the M1 chip.
The M1 chip is not just the CPU, it’s a bunch of things that are all integrated together. So, there’s the 8-core CPU we talked about, there’s a 7-core GPU, there’s the 16-core neural engine and it also has the RAM built into this chip. As you can see it’s this tightly integrated SoC. The upside to this is that now you don’t have a separate CPU, GPU, and RAM asking for power. Instead, you have 1 tightly integrated chip packing all of those things. Where all the pieces communicate with each other quickly and efficiently as possible since all of the hardware is made by the same company.
Now you’d think there would be a massive jump in efficiency or a massive jump in performance. You might say efficiency works because you could have the same laptop with the same form factor and size, the same power but twice the battery life, that would be an amazing benefit of using Apple silicone. Or maybe they are good in performance, they do same battery life, same size, same laptop but it’s twice as fast. Well, what if I told you that it’s both!
Thanks to the all-new M1 chip, the CPU speeds up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation MacBook Air, the GPU speeds up to 5x faster. Their most advanced Neural Engine is 9x faster in machine learning. As a result of this, the applications launch faster, there are buttery smooth animations, it can wake up instantly from sleep.
It also has the longest battery life ever in a MacBook Air, whopping battery life of up to 18 hours of video playback from a single charge! That’s 6 more hours than their previous MacBook Air. It can do 15 hours of wireless web. Thanks to the combination of high-performance and efficiency-cores, the MacBook Air can crush everyday tasks while using only a tenth of the power. The MacBook Air has a fan-less design so there’s literally no noise at all. No matter how intense the task is, the MacBook Air will not even whisper.
If you own an iPhone or an iPad, for the first time ever you now have the chance to use your favorite iPhone and iPad applications directly on macOS Big Sur. The macOS Bug Sur was developed to use the M1 chip to its full potential. Thanks to that you have access to the largest collection of applications for your MacBook.
The new MacBook Air finally dumped the butterfly keys and moved onto the scissor design. The satisfying key travel provides the user with the best typing experience ever on a MacBook Air.