Apple Announces M1 Chip for the Mac

Apple has today announced the first Apple Silicon processor for the Mac titled the "M1" chip. The ‌M1‌ is optimized for Mac systems that prioritize small size and power efficiency.

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The ‌M1‌ chip has an eight-core CPU, with four high-performance cores, in what Apple calls "the world's fastest CPU core." The other four cores are high-efficiency cores that use one-tenth of the power while still delivering high performance. Apple says that ‌M1‌ delivers the best CPU performance per watt.

m1 chip slide

The ‌M1‌ has integrated graphics with GPU containing up to eight cores, and with 2.6 teraflops of throughput, Apple says the ‌M1‌ contains the world's fastest integrated graphics. The chip also contains a six-core neural engine that can process 11 trillion operations per second, as well as Apple's Secure Enclave and a high-performance storage controller.

The ‌M1‌ chip can reportedly deliver up to 3.5 times faster CPU performance, up to six times faster GPU performance, and up to 15 times faster machine learning, all while enabling a battery life up to two times longer than previous-generation Macs.

The ‌M1‌ is also built on the same five-nanometer process as the A14 Bionic chip, and supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4.

Top Rated Comments

MacFather Avatar
16 months ago
Deleted.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CWallace Avatar
16 months ago

I can't wait to see how some of the claims stack up in in testing.
Geekbench 5 of an unreleased Mac with an A14X (which means it was likely an M1) benched higher on single and multi core than the 8-core i9 in the 16" MBP.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
16 months ago

Serious questions: is it risc? does it run real software or emulate?
Yes, yes, and yes.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CWallace Avatar
16 months ago

But is Safari... snappier? [ducks]
Craig said it was.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
16 months ago
good, calling it the A14 would have been stupid and make Macs feel super dated every year when a new iPhone comes out
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Schranke Avatar
16 months ago
I can't wait to see how some of the claims stack up in in testing.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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