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5 Things To Know About Apple’s M1 Processor For Mac

Apple touts performance and battery life gains from the debut of its in-house M1 processor, which will initially come to three Mac models.

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The Apple Silicon Era

The transition to Apple-designed processors for the Mac—and away from Intel Mac chips—is about to become real. Apple Tuesday unveiled more details about its first in-house Arm-based processor, which is dubbed the M1. Apple is touting a range of benefits, including performance and battery life gains, with the M1 processor. The company also unveiled the first three Mac models that will get the chip. “This truly is a huge day for the Mac and a huge day for Apple,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday during a prerecorded event unveiling the M1 chip. “The M1 chip is by far the most powerful chip that we have ever created.”

The M1 is the company’s first chip for the Mac in more than a decade, following the shift to Intel processors in 2006 in a move away from PowerPC processors. However, Apple has already been designing its own Arm-based processors for years, including for the iPhone and iPad. The transition to Apple Silicon in the Mac is expected to take two years, according to the company. The launch of M1 also comes amid already strong momentum for the Mac, with Apple reporting record revenue for its Mac business in its latest quarter.

What follows are five key things to know about Apple’s M1 processor.

 
 
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