Apple renews MacBook Pro, Air, and mini with self-made M1 chips


Apple revealed its new MacBook Pro, Air and mini computer models on Tuesday, which for the first time integrate the in-house M1 microprocessor based on ARM architecture, and therefore leave Intel as a chip supplier.

In a digital event from the headquarters of the firm in Cupertino (California, USA), the company of the bitten apple revealed the new models, as well as the M1 processor, with unified memory architecture, integrated GPU and neural engine.

M1 is a five-nanometer chip, with 16.000 billion transistors and an eight-core CPU designed specifically for Macs.


Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop shown with screen half closed
MacBook Pro 13 inch

The new version of the Pro has the longest battery life ever offered in a Mac, the company pointed out, and lasts up to 20 hours of video playback or 17 hours of surfing the Internet without the need to connect to the power.

The screen is 13 inches, the graphics load five times faster than in previous models, it has up to 16 GB of memory, 2 TB of SSD and has an active cooling system.

In addition, Apple assured during the presentation that the performance is 2,8 times higher than that of the latest MacBook Pro model. Its starting price is $ 1.299.


For its part, the new MacBook Air has a 13,3-inch retina display, and like the Pro, up to 16 GB of memory and 2 TB of SSD.

The battery life is 18 hours of video playback or 15 hours of Internet browsing and it does not have an internal fan. Its price is $ 999.

Finally, the Mac mini - which is sold without a screen - has 16 GB of memory, 2 TB of storage capacity, has three times the performance of its predecessor and processes graphics up to six times faster. Its price is $ 699.

All the new models come with the macOS Big Sur operating system, presented during the WWDC developer conference in June, and which, according to the company, has been updated to take advantage of the full potential of the new microchip.


Apple has been using Intel chips for its computers for fifteen years, when it abandoned the PowerPC-based processors it used until then.

The company with the bitten apple already uses its own chips based on ARM architecture - the same one on which the microprocessors announced today are based - in its iPhone phones and iPad tablets, so that with the inclusion of the Mac, all its main products pass to depend on own technology.

In July last year, the firm headed by Tim Cook announced a deal to acquire Intel's smartphone modem chip business for $ 1.000 billion, whereby 2.200 workers from the microprocessor company moved to Apple, in addition to equipment and intellectual property.

Mac computers, once Apple's flagship, went into the background more than a decade ago with the release of what has undoubtedly been the company's flagship product in recent years, the iPhone, although from Cupertino they continue to see it as a vital segment for their status in the industry and their commitment to design.

In addition, the covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a good year for Mac sales, for which the company entered $ 2020 million in its fiscal year 28.622, more than in the previous year, although, yes, very still far from the 137.781 million billed from the sale of iPhones. EFE

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