The Apple M1 Chip – All You Need To Know

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Apple M1 Chip

Apple has been in the lime light of the tech world (they usually are) after launching the now so popular Apple M1 Chip. You have seen many headline over the chip and we are here to make it make more sense to you.

What Is The Apple M1 Chip?

The Apple M1 Chip is as ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC), meaning it combines a central processing unit (CPU) and a graphics processing unit (GPU). It was designed in-house by Apple for its Mac computers (MacBooks & Macs) and iPad Pros. The M1 chip was inspired by another Apple in-house chip, the A14 Bionic chip which is used in iPhones. The development of the M1 chip means that Apple is making its own processors for its computers and iPad Pros.

In 2006 Apple transitioned its Macintosh computers from PowerPC to Intel x86 processors. All Macs, iMacs, MacBook Pros and Air produced since then have used the Intel Processor. In 2020 Apple announced that it had developed a new chip that would power all its computers and iPad Pros. This sent the internet crazy and among the first companies to respond were Intel.

M1 Chip Performance

The M1 Chip has mostly lived up to Apple’s claims. In many reliable benchmarks including GeekBench 5, Cinebench R23, the chip has topped its categories sometimes with a big margin. Apple market’s the M1 chip as a superfast and energy efficient chip. This has been evidenced by the performance boost in MacBook Pro (M1 2020) and MacBook Air (M1 2020). The new laptops have significantly extended battery lives.

Apple M1 Chipset features

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