Apple made a huge leap today by introducing the new Apple Silicon-powered MacBook Pro 13, Mac Mini, and Macbook Air – now equipped with the revolutionary M1 chip.
Thus, the company begins their two year transition towards moving away from Intel-based CPUs for their laptops and desktop computers and into their own-developed Apple Silicon chips. Also, new Apple silicon-powered iMac and MacPro as well as MacBook Pro 16-inch models are expected to land sometime in 2021.
Super-fast M1 chip debuts in Mac Mini, MacBook Pro 13, and MacBook Air
According to Apple, their new M1 chip, is their most powerful chip they’ve ever made. Furthermore, the new M1 boasts industry-leading performance per watt, up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, and up to 15x faster machine learning capabilities. And all this with a double lasting battery life.
New MacBook Air with M1 chip
The most popular Mac laptop, now a powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than current MacBook Air. Furthermore, the graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air.
Additionally, machine learning 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. Moreover, the M1 chip’s storage controller and latest flash technology deliver up to 2x faster SSD performance, which will aid those editing video and high res photos.
4K Video Editing with FCP X, Now Faster Than Ever!
The new MacBook Air also comes with the astonishing 15 hour battery life. For those looking to edit 4K video with the new MacBook Air, Apple has some great news.
The new M1-powered MacBook Air can play back and edit multiple streams of full-quality, 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro without dropping a frame.
M1-powered MacBook Air vs Intel CPU MacBook Air:
- Export a project for the web with iMovie up to 3x faster.
- Integrate 3D effects into video in Final Cut Pro up to 5x faster.
- Play back and edit multiple streams of 4K ProRes video in FCP X without dropping a frame.
- Export photos from Lightroom now 2x faster.
- Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro – now up to 4.3x faster.
- 15-18 hours of battery life, the longest ever on MacBook Air.
In addition, the new MacBook Air supports for P3 wide color space for a more vibrant, true-to-life Retina display.
13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) with M1
Equipped with the new Apple silicon 8-core CPU and its active cooling system, the new MacBook Pro is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation. This is of particular interested to video creators and editors as it will greatly improve transcoding video, and editing high-resolution photos.
Furthermore, the 8-core GPU is up to 5x faster, allowing users to enjoy super smooth graphics performance even in intensive video, graphics, and code-oriented applications.
Moreover, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with the latest Wi-Fi 6, while two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support allow for connectivity to a wide range of peripherals.
You can catch-up with the full presentation from last night’s Apple event below:
MacBook Pro 13-inch – Quick Features
- Play back full-quality, 8K ProRes video in DaVinci Resolve without dropping a single frame.
- Render a complex 3D title in FCP X up to 5.9x faster.
- Fluidly design intricate game scenes in Unity Editor up to 3.5x faster.
- Perform ML tasks in Create ML up to 11x faster.
- Compile four times as much code on a single charge, thanks to the game-changing performance per watt of the M1 chip.
USB 4 Support
The latest MacBook Pro 13-inch features 2 x Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support to connect to more peripherals than ever, including the Pro Display XDR.
Pricing starts at $1,299 for the base 8GB unified RAM and 256 SSD configuration.
Mac Mini gets M1 Apple Silicon
The third new Mac to use the new M1 chip is the new Mac Mini. Now with the M1 8-core CPU, the Mac Mini boasts up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation. Additionally, an 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance, allowing Mac mini to tackle performance-intensive tasks like complex 3D rendering with ease.
New Mac Mini (late, 2020) Quick Features:
- Render a complex timeline in Final Cut Pro up to 6x faster.
- Take music production to new levels by using up to 3x as many real-time plug-ins in Logic Pro.
- Magically increase the resolution of a photo in Pixelmator Pro up to 15x faster.
- Utilize ML frameworks like TensorFlow or Create ML, now accelerated by M1.
An advanced thermal design enables the new Mac Mini to sustain its breakthrough performance while staying cool and quiet. Therefore, it can support for up to 2 x displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution. Furthermore, Wi-Fi 6 is also included for faster wireless performance.
Mac mini starts at just $699, which is a cool hundred less than the previous-generation quad-core model.
macOS Big Sur – Run iPhone Apps on Mac
All new M1-powered Macs announced last night come with Big Sur, the MacOS. The much-awaited OS sport a sleek redesign that is entirely new yet instantly familiar, and powerful updates to apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps.
Big Sur is engineered, down to its core, to take full advantage of all the capability and power of M1, delivering a massive boost in performance, astonishing battery life, and even stronger security protections. Now bridging the gap between desktop and mobile devices the user experience feels much more like the one on the iPhone and iPad. The new Big Sur-running Macs now instantly wake from sleep, while being much more responsive in daily tasks such as web browsing.
Furthermore, all of Apple’s Mac software is now Universal and runs natively for M1 systems. Existing Mac apps that have not been updated to Universal will run seamlessly with Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology.
The new Big Sur MacOS makes it possible even for iPhone and iPad to now run directly on the Mac. Additionally, the foundations of Big Sur are optimized to unlock the power of M1, including developer technologies from Metal for graphics to Core ML for machine learning.
Pricing and Availability
The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 are now available to order from apple.com. These new Macs are estimated ship next week.
See pricing and pre-order links to B&H below:
- MacBook Air (Late 2020, M1) starts at $999 (B&H link)
- 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299
- Mac mini (Late 2020) – from $699
For more technical specs and configure-to-order options, head over to apple.com/mac.