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Apple introduces M1 chip for future Macs

Apple has today revealed the M1 chip, which looks to replace Intel Core processors for future Macs. 

The M1 chip will be the first Apple Silicon processor housed inside a Mac, with Apple claiming it features the world’s fastest cores and integrated graphics engine.

Apple also claims the M1 is the best processor they’ve ever developed, using a 5nm process and Arm architecture that allows for increased power efficiency. In practise, this should mean future MacBooks will see substantially superior battery life figures than what Apple’s current line up of laptops are capable.

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Apple once again clarified that the M1 chip will offer improved compatibility with iOS apps, making it easier for developers to offer cross support between iPhones and Macs.

A new MacBook Air is confirmed to be the very first laptop to feature the M1 processor. Apple claims the new processor makes this MacBook Air faster than 99% laptops purchased in the last year. The MacBook Air was also confirmed to not feature a fan, which means this laptop makes absolutely no noise.

It looks like the new MacBook has only seen an internal refresh though, with the design the spitting image of the Intel model. That means it’s rocking a 13-inch screen, ruling out the rumoured 12-inch display.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro is also confirmed to be getting the M1 processor upgrade, with the integrated graphics said to be 5x faster than the Intel version.

Apple also confirmed a new Mac Mini will sport the M1 processor, and will be 3x faster than the previous quad-core model and supposedly 5x faster than the top selling desktop PC.

This marks the very first desktop computer to feature Apple Silicon. New iMac and iMac Pro devices are also expected to arrive in the future, although not until 2021 at the absolute earliest.

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