THE Apple hosted an event this Tuesday (10) to announce news in the line of Mac computers. The icing on the cake is the M1 chip, based on the Apple Silicon (ARM) architecture that replaces the Intel technology used so far. The company launched models of Mac Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the new processors, and announced the launch of the operating system macOS Big Sur.
M1 is the first chip with Apple Silicon
The first chip for computers with the Apple Silicon is the M1, and it brings good surprises: it’s a SoC that brings together an eight-core processor, a graphics chip also with eight cores (except for the MacBook Air, which has 7 cores), RAM memory, USB 4 controller, media decoding engine and 16-core Neural Engine.
By keeping all elements concentrated on the same chip, Apple promises better performance, especially with regard to energy consumption: at peak activity, the M1 spends only 25% compared to newer PC processors.
Apple promises twice the performance with 10 watts of power compared to an x86 processor. As with the chips present in the iPhone and iPad, the M1 has a five-nanometer architecture with four high-performance cores and four other low-performance cores, allowing for longer battery life while the computer is out of the socket.
MacBook Air can handle up to 18 hours
The first device presented today was the new MacBook Air. Equipped by the M1 chip with a seven-core GPU, Apple’s ultra-thin notebook has a promise of 3.5 times faster CPU performance and five times higher graphics processing than the previous generation, with Intel processor.
Other improvements include an image processor (ISP) in the FaceTime camera, with improved white balance, face detection and noise reduction. However, the webcam remains at 720p resolution. An interesting difference is that the current generation of the MacBook Air has no fans, which makes the notebook quiet.
Regarding the battery, Apple promises 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video playback on the Apple TV with the notebook out of the socket – six hours more than on models with an Intel processor.
Finally, MacBook Air supports up to 16 GB of RAM, 2 TB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports compatible with USB 4, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and Touch ID fingerprint reader. The starting value in the United States is $ 999; in Brazil, it will cost from R $ 12,999, with no release date announced.
New 13-inch MacBook Pro is expensive in Brazil
The MacBook Pro line is aimed at more demanding users of Apple computers, and that does not change in the model launched today. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also features the M1 chip.
Apple says the chip delivers 2.8 times the performance compared to the previous Intel-equipped MacBook Pro. The eight-core graphics chip also has advantages, promising to be five times faster. The big difference from the MacBook Air is that the Pro model has a fan.
The energy efficiency of the M1 chip brings better battery life: for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple promises 17 hours of web browsing and 20 hours of video playback with the Apple TV.
An interesting differentiator is the new set of three integrated microphones that, according to Apple, have “studio quality” and directional spatial filtering. As with the MacBook Air, Apple included an ISP image processor in the FaceTime camera (which continues at 720p resolution).
The 13.3-inch screen has 500 nits of brightness, True Tone and P3 color tone, the MacBook Pro can be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM and 2 TB SSD. Speaking of connectivity, the product has two USB-C ports (compatible with Thunderbolt and USB 4), P2 output for headphones, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
However, all of this has a price and it is not low: in Brazil, the new MacBook Pro will cost from R $ 17,299 in the most basic version, still with no release date announced. In the United States, the starting price is $ 1,299. This time, Apple did not release a 16-inch version.
Mac Mini is the cheapest option with M1 chip
The compact Mac Mini desktop also received its version with M1. The chip’s specifications are the same as other MacBooks, including promise of high performance with lower power consumption.
The Mac Mini is one of the models that has a fan, which Apple promises to be quiet. In connectivity, the product includes Gigabit Ethernet network interface, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, HDMI 2.0 output, P2 headset jack, two USB-C ports (compatible with USB 4 and Thunderbolt) and two other USB- THE.
The most basic model of the Mac Mini is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, but it is possible to buy versions with 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage. In the United States, the Mac Mini starts at US $ 699. In Brazil, the product will be marketed for R $ 8,999, but Apple has not yet released the launch date in the country.
macOS 11.0 Big Sur available on Thursday
All Macs released today use the new macOS 11.0 Big Sur operating system, which will be available to the public starting next Thursday (12).
This is the first Apple operating system developed for Apple Silicon processors. One of the main features of Big Sur is Rosetta 2, which allows running applications developed for Intel architecture on Macs with M1.
Another interesting feature is the possibility of running iPhone and iPad applications on computers, but this is also restricted to Macs with Apple Silicon. At the presentation, Apple announced that Among Us and HBO Max available on iOS will work on Big Sur. However, several developers have announced that they should not allow their mobile apps to run on the Mac.