Apple has finally unveiled its first Apple Silicon computer chip, the M1. The company also offered a look at the first two laptops powered by the chip, the new MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The announcements took place at Apple’s big “One More Thing” event yesterday evening. Apple had previously promised that it would launch its first Arm-based Mac before the end of the year, but instead it launched three: two MacBooks and a refresh of the Mac mini.
The MacBooks are available to pre-order now, but where can you get them? Here’s how to get your hands on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with an M1 chip.
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How to pre-order the new MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1
The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip will be available in selected Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorised Resellers from November 17. However, you can pre-order both from Apple’s website right now.
Prices for the MacBook Air start at £999/$999. The ultrabook comes packed with the Apple M1 chip with an 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU and 256GB of storage. There’s also the option to upgrade to an 8-core GPU and 512GB of storage for £1249/$1249. Both models come in Space Grey, Gold and Silver colours.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also comes with two storage options, with the first beginning at £1299/$1299. For this price, you’ll get an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU and 256GB to work with. Upgrade to 512GB of storage and the laptop will set you back £1499/$1499.
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But, why upgrade to the M1 chip?
The M1 is the first Arm-based processor designed by Apple specifically for the Mac and marks the beginning of a two-year transition from Intel to Apple’s own Silicon chips.
Apple claims the M1 is capable of delivering up to three and a half times faster CPU, up to six times faster GPU and up to 15 times faster machine learning, with a battery life up to twice that of its predecessors.
The chip will also make it significantly easier for developers to create apps that work across the Apple ecosystem making it a perfect fit for the MacBook line.