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AWS’ New EC2 Instances On Apple’s M1 Mac: 5 Key Features

Mark Haranas

From the hourly price tag to the key Apple workloads being targeted, here are five big features and things to know about the new Amazon EC2 M1 Mac instance: Mac2.

The New Mac2: Cost, Key Workloads And Price Performance

Amazon Web Services has launched its new Amazon EC2 M1 Mac instances that allow customers to run on-demand macOS workloads in the cloud for the first time—extending the flexibility, scalability, and price benefits of AWS to all Apple developers.

“The wait is over,” said Sebastien Stormacq, principal developer advocate for AWS in a blog post today. “I have the pleasure of announcing the general availability of EC2 M1 Mac instances.”

First announced at AWS re:Invent 2021, the Amazon EC2 M1 Mac—known as the Mac2—aims to enable developers building for Apple products such as iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV to build much faster.

The new Mac2 instances are dedicated to Apple’s Mac mini computers which lets the Mac mini appear and behave like another EC2 instance.

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AWS’ Red-Hot EC2 Innovation Engine

The Seattle-based cloud computing worldwide market leader has already launched a slew of new products and tools in 2022 to better enable developers, technologists, channel partners and customers around AWS’ ever-growing portfolio of offerings.

In May, AWS launched the general availability of its Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C7g instances powered by AWS-designed Graviton3 processors. AWS also recently unveiled Amazon EC2 Hpc6a instances—a new instance that is purpose-built for tightly coupled high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.

AWS’ innovation engine is helping to drive sales at the double-digit clip for the company.

For its recent first fiscal quarter, AWS generated sales of $18.4 billion, representing a 37 percent spike in growth year over year.

AWS is now running at an annualized revenue run rate of $74 billion with no big roadblocks ahead to slow down its growth.

From the cost of the new instances to the key workloads, CRN breaks down the five biggest features of the new Mac2 that developers, channel partners and customers need to know about.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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