Apple had last week announced its first Mac computers based on the company's in-house M1 Silicon chip during the 'One More Thing' online presentation. The first three Apple M1-powered computers are a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a new Mac Mini. All the three Mac computers go on sale starting today at a price of Rs 92,900 onwards for the lowest in the range, the MacBook Air. The M1-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at a price of Rs 1,22,900, and the Mac Mini has been priced at Rs 64,900 onwards in India.
The Apple M1 is an octa-core CPU with an integrated octa-core graphics processor. The Apple M1 is claimed to offer up to 3.5x faster CPU performance and is the first computer chip in the world built on a 5nm process. Apple claims that it has fit in 16 billion transistors into a single 5nm M1 chip.
The unified memory architecture (UMA) on the Apple M1 optimises RAM performance to provide up to 3.9 times faster video processing and 7.1 times faster image processing than previous-generation Intel-powered Mac computers.
During the 'One More Thing' online presentation, Apple had said that the M1 chip, using its 16-core Neural Engine, is capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second.
A recent Geekbench listing has given further fuel to Apple's claims. The listing showed the Apple M1-powered MacBook Air model outperforming the 16-inch MacBook Pro with Intel's 10th gen Core i9 processor. The Geekbench listing shows the 13-inch MacBook Air' model number as 'MacBookAir10,1' that packs 8GB of RAM. It posted a single-core score of 1,687 and a multi-core score of 7,433 with a base frequency of 3.2GHz. To recall, the 16-inch MacBook Pro posted a single-core score of 1,095 and a multi-core score of 6,869.
Using the Apple M1 chip, the MacBook Pro 13-inch claims up to 20 hours of battery life — longest on any Mac ever.