Although the analyst still sees the iPhone 12 "supercycle" as the most important development for Apple, he notes that both iPad and Mac models are seeing continued demand due to the new work from home and remote education environment. Of course, for Apple's initial round of Apple silicon chips, so far there doesn't appear to be much difference across the line. "The new MacBook Air does offer the chip with options for a 7-core or 8-core GPU, but the new Mac mini and 13" MacBook Pro always include the 8-core GPU version. Among the developers it found who were not offering their apps on the new Mac App Store for Apple Silicon Macs, were Google (Gmail, Drive, Maps), Facebook (Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp), Amazon (Prime Video), Snapchat, and Disney+. ML is up to 11x faster, and for ML tasks that use the Neural Engine, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is now the world's fastest compact pro notebook.
Previously, Apple has used Motorola & Intel processors, but eventually chose to start working on their own CPU designs.
Indeed, this event deserves the name "One More Thing" as it surprised the world with a new launch for the Macs that are aching to have its major upgrade for many years now. That said, the devices have been updated with better noise reduction, dynamic range and machine-learning-based face detection.
It also means a better stage for Big Sur, coming in a new iteration with a redesign to key apps like Safari, Messages and Maps. Its latest announcements detailed the first products of that two-year transition - chiefly, the M1 chip. Apple's all about performance, and the M1 chips are Apple's way of ensuring they stay at the top of the game.
The new Mac mini features the new M1 chip inside its small frame.
Apple seems to think people will play video games on new Mac computers. Image apple
Each of the three new computers was accompanied with big claims about the qualities bit to talk about the new Mac SoC on its own merits Apple rolled out Johny Srouji, its SVP of Hardware Technologies. Image editing should also benefit from an SSD that's 2x faster, and those working without the laptop plugged in can expect a battery life of up to 18 hours.
The 8-core GPU, on the other hand, increases the Mac mini's graphics performance by up to six times compared to its predecessor's.
While we still need to see the new Macbook Pro's performance, it's possible a considerable improvement may be seen with the new Arm processors.
By building the M1 chip in-house, Apple will be able to create a common architecture across all of its devices, including iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs - the Apple hardware ecosystem will work together more seamlessly, and make it much easier for developers to create apps capable of running across the Californian firm's hardware. That's still a new area for Apple - and, as my colleague Ed Hardy writes, it's one of the biggest risks Apple has run in a long time.