In 2020, June Apple announces that they are switching from Intel CPU to M1 CPU, and in 2020, November they released their first MacBooks with their own processors.
This was exciting for many users and companies, except for Intel, of course.
M1 was a success, and in 2021, in October, Apple launched M1 Pro and M1 Max, and in 2022 there’s an M1 Ultra.
So what did this new chip improve? Efficiency? Performance? All and more in this article and, of course, a full list of Apple devices that are equipped with M1 processors.
Differences Between M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra
|M1||M1 Pro||M1 Max||M1 Ultra|
|Neural Engine Cores||16||16||16||32|
The goal was to increase efficiency – battery life. They managed to do that with the new M1 chip, and Apple did not only improve their Mac’s battery life dramatically but also managed to improve performance its performance.
CPU, GPU, Neural Engine Cores, and RAM are now integrated into the M1 chip. Why is this important? Well, now, if you want to increase RAM on your MacBook, that won’t be possible anymore. You will have to buy a new processor because the RAM is integrated inside. They built a highly integrated SoC(system on a chip). Where all of the parts communicate with each other, and that’s how they managed to increase their speed, performance, and battery life. (15-18hours)
Advantages of M1 Chip
If you’re not really a big numbers guy, just like me. Then you would appreciate the key benefits if you would update to the M1 chip, right? A lot of numbers, but most of us don’t really understand them anyway, so let’s make a list of what the M1 chip improved for everyday Mac users.
- Battery Life (Up to 18h)
If you use Intel MacBook, you will see a big improvement in the battery segment. It can hold up to 18 hours of screen time. All the Macs with M1 are more power-efficient. They consume less electricity and don’t have overheating issues.
Now speed could mean so many things, but it’s about how fast your Mac open up apps, how fast it wakes up from sleep, and how fast it switches between apps. All of this is improved if you compare it to the Intel-based Mac.
There are no more problems like lagging or freezing. With an intel-based mac, you had to worry about opening too many tabs on your Google Chrome. With M1, you don’t need to worry about that.
If you’ve ever bought a Windows laptop, you have probably struggled with which processor you should get and which GPU you should get. Is ryzen 5 5600x or ryzen 5 5600g better? But with Apple and MacBooks, you don’t have this confusion, you buy a Mac with an M1 chip, and the only thing you need to choose from is either 8GB RAM or 16GB RAM.
List of Apple Products with M1 Chip
There are 4 different M1 chips:
- M1 Pro
- M1 Max
- M1 Ultra
|MacBook Air||2020, November||M1|
|Mac Mini||2020, November||M1|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch||2020, November||M1|
|iMac 24-inch||2021, April||M1|
|iPad Pro 11-inch||2021, May||M1|
|iPad Pro 12.9-inch||2021, May||M1|
|MacBook Pro (14-inch & 16-inch)||2021, October||M1 Pro|
|MacBook Pro (14-inch & 16-inch)||2021, October||M1 Max|
|iPad Air||2022, March||M1|
|Mac Studio||2022, March||M1 Max|
|Mac Studio||2022, March||M1 Ultra|
Overall, the M1 improved the Macs quite a bit. There were some drawbacks – less customization for users, but from companies perspective, that means fewer problems, and most people don’t want to get into nitty-gritty details. They just want a laptop that can run all the apps.
Times move on, and Apple announced already M2 chip in 2022 June.
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