MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini — everything Apple announced at the “one more thing” event

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On Tuesday, Apple held its third occasion within the final 60 days, the place it launched Apple Silicon and its first gadgets that featured the brand new M1 chip. Here is what you might want to know concerning the occasion, and what we thought of it.

The pre-recorded occasion was held at Apple Park and served as a crash-course to familiarize customers with what Apple Silicon was able to.

Apple Silicon and the M1 Chip

The M1 chip is the primary within the new collection of SoCs (system-on-a-chip) that Apple is producing throughout its two-year migration away from Intel processors. It is designed to supply high-end efficiency in low-powered methods.

The M1 is made utilizing a 5-nanometer course of and makes use of 16 billion transistors. Apple states that 4 cores are high-performance, whereas the remaining 4 are high-efficiency, although they observe that each one eight can work collectively for process-intensive duties. Apple claims that the M1 chip provides the very best efficiency per watt in a CPU, and on common, delivers as much as three-and-a-half occasions sooner CPU efficiency.

M1 spec sheet

In the case of graphics, the M1 contains as much as an eight-core GPU. Apple alleges that it will probably present twice the efficiency of PC built-in graphics and supply peak efficiency with solely a 3rd of the ability. Apple factors out that customers may see as much as six occasions sooner GPU efficiency over earlier generations.

A 16-core Neural Engine permits for a 15-times sooner machine studying course of over non-M1 gadgets, with the flexibility to carry out 11 trillion operations per second.

It is value noting that gadgets with Apple’s M1 chip will not be suitable with eGPUs.

MacBook Air

Apple’s thinnest, lightest, and hottest MacBook bought a big improve on Tuesday’s “One Extra Factor” occasion — it is now one of many first Apple computer systems to function the Apple Silicon M1 chip.

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Due to the M1 chip, Apple says that the MacBook Air is now three and a half occasions sooner than the earlier technology on common. Apple claims that the graphics are 5 occasions faster and Machine Studying as much as 9 occasions sooner than earlier than.

The brand new MacBook Air options another notable upgrades as nicely. Apple has eliminated the fan from its M1 MacBook Air, permitting it to run fully silently.

Battery life is longer, too. Apple claims that the brand new MacBook Air will stand up to fifteen hours of wi-fi net shopping or as much as 18 hours of video playback.

Notable features

Some issues stay the identical, although. The show remains to be 2560×1600 decision, whereas the webcam remains to be 720p, and Bluetooth stays at model 5.0.

The brand new MacBook Air costs retain the earlier mannequin’s pricing, beginning at $999, or $899 for training consumers, though offers are already accessible for AI readers. A MacBook Air with the M1 chip, eight GPU cores, and 512GB of SSD storage retails for $1249. Preorders opened on November 10 after the occasion.

Mac mini

Additionally launched was Apple’s new Mac mini, the primary of its pint-sized desktop fashions to function the Cupertino-based tech large’s new M1 Apple Silicon SoCs.

In response to Apple, the M1 Mac mini can compile code in Xcode thrice sooner, render a posh timeline in Last Reduce Professional as much as six occasions sooner, and play graphics-intensive video games like “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” with as much as 4 occasions greater body charges over earlier generations. Machine Studying workloads will see probably the most vital increase— as much as 15 occasions sooner.

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The much-loved Mac mini now options two USB 4 ports with Thunderbolt 3 help, permitting customers to run as much as two Professional Show XDR screens at full 6K decision.

It includes a new thermal design with a fan that permits it to maintain efficiency whereas conserving cool whereas remaining quieter than earlier generations.

Apple has diminished the variety of Thunderbolt ports from 4 within the earlier mannequin to 2 for the Apple Silicon Mac mini. Customers additionally can not choose 10-gigabit Ethernet as an improve, both.

Mac mini spec sheet

Mac mini “spec sheet”

Nonetheless, it is value mentioning that customers can not improve the RAM within the new Mac mini — you may should shell out for the utmost quantity of RAM that Apple gives.

The M1 Mac mini begins at $699 and comes with 8GB of RAM at base configuration. An improve to 16GB of RAM $200. The mannequin with 256GB of storage will be upgraded to 512GB for $200, 1TB for $400, and 2TB for $800.

13-inch MacBook Professional

Apple’s high-end laptop computer bought a refresh on Tuesday as nicely, unveiled as a brand new 13-inch MacBook Professional. Whereas nonetheless housed in the identical 13-inch chassis, the brand new MacBook Professional now options Apple Silicon.

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Apple claims the M1 makes it potential for customers to construct code in Xcode as much as 2.8x sooner, render a posh 3D title in Last Reduce Professional as much as 5.9x sooner, and fluidly design intricate recreation scenes in Unity Editor as much as 3.5x sooner.

There are a couple of variations between the brand new MacBook Professional and the earlier technology that needs to be identified. This yr’s mannequin options two USB 4 ports with Thunderbolt 3 help, slightly than the 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports of the earlier technology.

In contrast to the brand new MacBook Air, the brand new MacBook Professional has retained its fan. This implies that the MacBook Professional will see a big improve in efficiency, requiring energetic thermal administration. The battery life was additionally elevated, with 17 hours for net shopping and 20 hours for video playback.

MacBook Pro notable features list

MacBook Professional notable options checklist

The beginning 13-inch MacBook Professional value rings in at $1,299 and $1,199 for training. These are the identical as the costs for the earlier MacBook Professional fashions of that dimension. As with the Apple Silicon MacBook Air, an improve to 16GB of unified reminiscence is accessible for $200. Upgrades to 1TB and 2TB of SSD storage can be found, with the value relying on which base mannequin you bought.

AppleInsider’s ideas on the “One Extra Factor” occasion

Mike Wuerthele

The primary Apple Silicon Mac occasion is a combined bag. It’s adequate for right now and is rolling out on the low finish first like now we have mentioned right here, and I’ve mentioned in different venues and appearances, for the final two years. There may be quite a lot of promise within the know-how for the long run, and in only a yr, there shall be one thing higher because the know-how begins creeping up the road.

These chips shall be excellent for battery life now, and there’s the promise of a lot extra for the long run. However, battery life would not matter one whit in a desktop.

I purchased a Mac mini for myself. The minis on this home are largely inventory and largely simply run Apple software program — which Apple says is all coming to Apple Silicon natively when the merchandise launch. This workflow is a perfect transition candidate, with the fewest software program migration points.

A few of my colleagues will purchase and take a look at the transportable tools. Whereas I am intrigued by what’s on present, I believe that my 2018 15-inch MacBook Professional shall be with me for some time as a result of it does what I want it to, how I want it to.

Apple’s new {hardware} is a step backward in lots of respects. Whereas we’re fairly positive that port hunger within the new Mac mini versus the previous one is due to the M1 chip’s limitations, it appears odd for issues to be taken away, like a 10-gig Ethernet choice and two Thunderbolt ports, each issues that Apple heralded. And, earlier than you ask, upgradeable RAM was clearly going to be gone.

The place I did miss my guesses, is I used to be anticipating a MacBook (not MacBook Air) resurrection. It isn’t clear to me why this did not occur, aside from maybe Apple’s return to the scissor-switch keyboard after the Butterfly keyboard was changed.

We’ll see how these machines take a look at in the actual world. For the primary time in over a decade, issues are totally different, and previous strategies of testing might not work out. We’ll all see collectively.

Apple’s guarantees of this many occasions the velocity of that, and sooner than a large share of PC laptops bought within the final yr actually must be taken with a grain of salt. Whereas I am positive that they are true, and reproducible underneath Apple’s circumstances, the corporate is rarely totally clear about what these measurements are.


So, if you would like one right now, see should you can borrow one first so you’ll be able to strive it out to guarantee that it does what’s promised for you and your workflow would not explode.

The primary technology of Intel Macs labored effective — for many. And, like we have mentioned, the primary technology of Apple Silicon Macs shall be effective — additionally for many. You simply do not wish to be that individual that it is not effective for, discovering it after you’ve got ditched your Intel macs.

At first of the presentation, Tim Cook dinner mentioned that fifty% of the Mac gross sales within the final yr at the very least have been new to Mac. At present these machines are excellent for the “iPhone conjures up Mac gross sales” crowd and a bit much less so for the Mac-primary of us. At present, at the very least.

Mike Peterson

As an entire, the November 10 occasion felt comparatively unsurprising. With that being mentioned, the M1 is a hefty chip to spearhead Apple’s transition to proprietary silicon.

The truth that the inclusion of Apple Silicon within the MacBook Professional, Mac mini, and MacBook Air gadgets did not increase their costs is an automated win. Apple’s $100 value reduce on the bottom Mac mini can be an assuring sign that future Macs may get even cheaper whereas offering higher energy effectivity and efficiency.

Tim Cook on MacBook

Apple’s three first M1 gadgets make sense, too, however there are some compromises within the desktop vary. The shortage of 10-gigabit Ethernet and the nixing of two Thunderbolt bolts is a step again for the Mac mini, although hopefully solely a first-generation Apple Silicon subject. No upgradeable RAM on the Mac mini is predicted, however one thing that some customers will miss.

The opposite factor that caught out is the truth that Apple did not have a extra highly effective chip in its MacBook Professional. Though kind issue and specs could also be totally different, the MacBook Air and MacBook Professional at the moment are far more evenly weighted — and it could be quite a bit more durable for shoppers to distinguish their efficiency now.

Malcolm Owen

No matter desktop-bound chip Apple was going to announce would nearly definitely have been midway first rate on the very least, contemplating that its cellular choices are desktop-class chips as they’re. With what Apple revealed within the M1, it has proven itself greater than able to making a desktop-class chip.

M1 Chip

Probably the most thrilling aspect of all of it was the inclusion of the Neural Engine, which will definitely assist carry machine studying to desktop customers in an identical technique to the way it has improved cellular computing.

There was little shock that the cheaper finish of the MacBook spectrum was to be focused for the primary wave of Apple Silicon, and nor was the Mac mini’s inclusion a significant shock contemplating the Developer Transition Package supplied over the summer time. As the most cost effective objects, they’re fairly low-risk for shoppers and builders to accumulate, which ought to assist with the adoption of the brand new chips.

Apple may have gone for outlandish {hardware} designs, however as an alternative, it gutted the internals and put new components in. This will likely have been a missed alternative to carry one thing new to the desk, however utilizing the acquainted designs might encourage extra to take them on.

As one of many members of employees nonetheless engaged on pretty previous {hardware} within the type of a 2014 Mac mini with a mere 8GB of RAM paired with a foul Chrome behavior, I am definitely in line to improve quickly. The choices have caused questions as to which path I’d need that improve to go.

Lastly, I do hope that Apple continues to make use of these pre-recorded, pre-produced occasion movies sooner or later. The content material density and velocity of the presentation, to not point out the excessive manufacturing values, make them very watchable. Hopefully, the sensation shall be retained for when a stay viewers returns.

William Gallagher

The one issues I did not like about Apple’s November 10 presentation have been the comparisons. I get why Apple would select to fudge what PCs it’s evaluating Apple Silicon M1 Macs to, however it additionally selected to mainly examine its new gadgets with its previous ones.

Meaning we had loads of numbers concerning the distinction between, say, the brand new MacBook Air and its predecessor. Or between the brand new 13-inch MacBook Professional and the Intel machine it replaces.

However we did not get a lot in the way in which of the distinction between the brand new MacBook Air and the brand new MacBook Professional. On paper, they’re extremely related, so understanding the distinction is difficult.

However, although, I appreciated how Apple has introduced out three fashions directly. I appreciated the reasons of how the M1 does what it does.

I additionally appreciated that this was a brief presentation. Apple has rightly been praised for its current video displays however as an alternative of doubling down on the spectacular images and movie work, this was fairly muted and that permit the machines star.

Craig Federighi

Plus Craig Federighi posing with the dimmed lights as he opened a MacBook Air was genuinely amusing. It is extra widespread for know-how corporations to fall flat once they make jokes, however Apple can pull it off as a result of it has style and it has timing.

Amber Neely

This yr is not an improve yr for me for Mac {hardware}, however I may simply see myself snagging an Apple Silicon Mac mini or MacBook Air down the highway. What I am most excited for is the flexibility to make use of iOS and iPadOS apps on Mac, as there are a good quantity of mobile-only apps that I would love to make use of in a desktop setting.

I like that Apple is pushing ahead with some huge {hardware} upgrades, and it is good to know that Rosetta will enable folks to run Intel-based apps on an M1 system. I believe it is a sensible transfer for Apple to maneuver to make their very own SoCs, and I am excited to see how builders will make the most of Apple Silicon.

Wesley Hilliard

The M1 processor is strictly what we anticipated. Together with it within the new Macs elevated their efficiency by quite a bit, numbers we’re solely used to seeing iPhone’s obtain year-over-year.

This clearly means massive issues for the way forward for the Mac, however extra importantly, it indicators a straightforward transition for the consumer. Emulation of Intel-based software program shall be easy, and native software program will run quick and fluid-like it could on an iPad or iPhone.

M1 Chip Mac mini

This transition additionally means modifications coming to the iPad line quickly. Higher processors and common apps may carry professional apps like Last Reduce Professional and Logic to the iPad Professional, additional blurring the strains between Apple’s desktop and pill computer systems.

I will not be getting any of the primary Macs with Apple Silicon, however I will be watching intently. An iMac with the M1 or a successor chip may very well be very attention-grabbing.

Will Shanklin

I am psyched about Apple’s efficiency and battery life claims within the new MacBooks. The MacBook Air goes to be intriguing at $999. As a lot because the followers kick in on the mannequin from earlier this yr, I am as enthusiastic about its silence as I’m its 3.5x velocity increase.

Apart from my petty frustration that the early-2020 MacBook Professional I purchased a couple of months in the past is now out of date, there wasn’t a lot to complain about. I suppose I’d have appreciated to see the rumored AirPods Studio.

I am curious how an Apple-branded pair of over-ear cans will compete with the likes of the delicious-sounding Sony WH-1000XM4. I am all for extra folks listening to new particulars and ranges of immersion of their favourite music.

Victor Marks

The brand new machines appear good – the rise in battery life is welcome. All three machines use the identical CPU / GPU, so the differentiation is on ports, weight, battery life, and whether or not or not you need a Contact Bar.

MacBook Pro touch bar

All of them appear to have related limitations: 2 USB4 ports, and 16GB RAM. When you want a 32GB RAM machine and wish extra ports, these might not be the machines for you. When you assume you will want a 32GB RAM machine within the subsequent few years,

By no means earlier than has Apple been so targeted on specs, however in a manner that feels meaningless. 3.5x sooner, however sooner than what? 98% sooner than PCs, and displaying an HP 800 G6 collection mini-tower, however sooner how? At what duties?

Within the previous days, Steve Jobs would have had a beige field PC rendering Spiderman subsequent to a G4 tower doing the identical. Right here, we get charts that do not make it clear. The most effective we bought was, “The eight-core CPU delivers as much as 2.8 occasions sooner efficiency. That is game-changing for builders utilizing Xcode who can now construct their apps almost thrice sooner than earlier than. And for photographers utilizing Photoshop who can apply filters and results to high-risk photographs sooner than ever.” 2.8 occasions sooner than what?

We get builders testifying to how nice it’s, which is reassuring that their apps will run nicely. However Apple was good at telling us how we’ll use one thing, and the way we’ll profit. It was more durable to see that for the bombardment of two.8x this, 3.5x that, 15x sooner the opposite factor. What info right here is meant to persuade a shopper to purchase a brand new pc?

I’ve a member of the family who bought an Intel-based MacBook Air and obtained it final week. I informed him concerning the announcement, and battery life, speeds. None of it mattered.

After I mentioned, informed him that it is the identical decision digital camera, however there’s an Picture Sign Processor that is supposed to extend high quality and scale back grain in low-light conditions, he mentioned, “that is value returning and buying the brand new one!” After all, now we have no info on how that function will carry out in real-life.

And that is the crux of the issue — In all this details about the brand new machines, it is how you utilize it that issues, and we bought little or no info on that.

Stephen Robles

Apple’s new M1 chip seems spectacular, and the implications for future Macs is thrilling, however I will not be getting one in every of these first M1 Macs. The 13-inch MacBook Professional was probably the most tempting of the gadgets introduced yesterday, however there appears to be limitations and trade-offs I am not keen to make simply but.

For instance, there is no such thing as a choice to get an M1 Mac with 4 Thunderbolt ports, there is no such thing as a help eGPU, and RAM is capped at 16GB. Apple’s silicon could also be so environment friendly at utilizing RAM that customers will not want as a lot, however I will wait and see what the real-world efficiency is as soon as we get these Macs out within the wild.


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