Apple has hosted ‘One More Thing’ special November event virtually, where the company announced its latest M1 chip, talked about the Big Sur and M1, launched a new MacBook Air with the latest M1 processor along with MacBook Pro and Mac Mini.
In the virtual event, the company announced that Apple is switching to its ARM-based processors for its MacBooks. With its eight-cores and an integrated CPU and GPU, it is following the path of the iPhone and iPad.
Apple Silicon M1
The ARM-based M1 processor is built using 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors and comes with a dedicated 16-core Neural Engine for machine learning and AI-related tasks.
The chipmaker promises power efficiency with its new processor, which will ensure improved battery life on the new Macs along with much faster and better performance. The M1 has four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores.
Moreover, it has the latest image signal processor (ISP), which will ensure higher quality video with better noise reduction, improved auto white balance, etc. It also has the latest Secure Enclave for security. A high-performance storage controller with AES encryption hardware for faster and more secure SSD performance.
MacBook Air With M1
The MacBook Air comes in two variants, one has the Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine and 256GB storage. While the other has Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and 512GB Storage.
Both devices come with 8GB RAM, a 13-inch Retina display with True Tone, Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad, and Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports.
MacBook Pro With M1
MacBook Pro With M1 has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. It comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB/512GB storage options. However, both could be increased up to 16GB RAM and up to 2TB respectively.
With the Pro version, the company is promising up to 17 hours of browsing and 20 hours of video playback on the new MacBook Pro. The laptop also comes with two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, and USB 3.1 Gen 2. The laptop also has the Magic Keyboard along with a Touch ID sensor and a Touch Bar on top.
Additionally, All Macs feature native support for iPhone and iPad apps.
Price And Availability
The MacBook Air cost starts at Rs 92,900 and Rs 83,610 for education. While the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at Rs 1,22,900 and Rs 1,10,610 for education. And the new Mac mini starts at Rs 64,900 and Rs 58,410 for education.
Coming to the Availability the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 are available to order from apple.com. Also will be available in the select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers soon, according to the company.