Apple today took the first big step in transitioning to the M1 custom silicon with the launch of the new MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
A vertical integration of this nature allows Apple to optimize the Macs at much higher levels, unlocking significant performance and efficiency gains. The M1 is a chipset built specifically for compact machines. This is also the first time a 5nm process makes its way to a laptop.
The Apple M1 SoC combines all components such as the CPU, audio processor, security enclave, Thunderbolt controller and more. It has an octa-core design in a big.LITTLE configuration consisting of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Apple claims that it beats every other laptop when it comes to CPU performance per watt. The complex also includes “the world’s fastest integrated GPU”, with up to eight cores capable of performing 2.6 teraflops of throughput. The Neural Engine also gets a big upgrade, now capable of 11 trillion operations per second thanks to a 16-core architecture.
Other features include instant wake from sleep, iOS level of security, unified memory, the ability to run iPhone applications natively and more. The new Macs also support USB 4 for transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. In the first wave, three Apple M1-powered Macs were unveiled.
Want to know more about these new Macs? Check out our coverage below:
13-inch MacBook Air
MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular Mac and the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook
256GB: AED 4,199
512GB: AED 5,249View Deal
The new MacBook Air brings all the goodness to a familiar compact design. It has a 13-inch display with P3 wide colour gamut as well as support for Touch ID authentication. The improvements are claimed to offer 18 hours of video playback and 15 hours of web browsing on a single charge. It will be available in two variants in the UAE, with the base variant having 256GB of SSD storage and a seven-core GPU at AED 4,199, and the top variant with 512GB of storage and an eight-core GPU at Rs AED 5,249.
13-inch MacBook Pro
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s most popular pro notebook equally loved by students and creative professionals.
256GB: AED 5,399
512GB: AED 6,239View Deal
The MacBook Pro also got refreshed with the M1. It sports a 13-inch True Tone Retina display along with a Touch Bar. Iconic elements such as the Force touch trackpad and the Magic Keyboard are also present. The 256GB variant is priced at AED 5,399 while the 512GB variant is priced at AED 6,239. Colour options include Space Grey and Silver.
Apple Mac Mini
Mac mini is Apple’s most versatile computer and packs a staggering amount of performance in such a compact design.
256GB: AED 2,999
512GB: AED 3,839View Deal
Apple also unveiled a new Mac Mini today, which brings the same processing prowess to desktops. It starts at AED 2,999 for the 256GB model and AED 3,839 for the 512GB model.
|MacBook Air||256GB||AED 4,199|
|MacBook Air||512GB||AED 5,249|
|MacBook Pro||256GB||AED 5,399|
|MacBook Pro||512GB||AED 6,299|
|Mac Mini||256GB||AED 2,999|
|Mac Mini||512GB||AED 3,839|
The newly launched products are now available for pre-order on Apple's website, with shipping estimated at 4-5 business days.