Watch the M1 Apple Silicon MacBook Air Blaze Through Opening Every Default App

At this point, we've seen enough reviews and benchmarks to know that the Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini offer incredible performance compared to prior-generation Intel models, but there are still new tests coming out that demonstrate just how impressive Apple's chip really is.


MacRumors forum member iChan did a test on the base model M1 MacBook Air, opening up every default app in the dock on a new user profile and then opening up Activity Monitor at the end to see the RAM utilization.

The ‌MacBook Air‌ is able to seamlessly open every app with no lag time even as the number of open apps grows. Safari, Maps, Mail, Messages, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, the App Store, Notes, Reminders, and more are all running by the end and the 8GB unified memory in the machine handles it all without an issue. By the end, with every app up and running, App Memory comes in at 3.38GB.

Apple's ‌M1‌ ‌MacBook Air‌ achieves this with 8GB RAM and no internal fan for cooling purposes, which is an impressive feat. The ‌MacBook Air‌ and Apple's other ‌M1‌ Macs have been excelling in all manner of benchmarks and speed tests, beating out much higher-end Intel-based machines across the board.

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Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
46 months ago
For the best viewing experience, watch in fullscreen so you can pretend it's your M1 MacBook.

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Score: 92 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
46 months ago
I just closed the lid on my 2014 MacBook Pro in shame..
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tzm41 Avatar
46 months ago
So that means the Intel Macs twice the price we’ve been using are now obsolete...
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
46 months ago
Did you guys know that the M1 it’s fast? I just thought you should know that it’s fast.
i’m not sure if anyone’s told you yet, but it’s fast.
that’s definitely fast.
it’s extremely fast.
it’s exponentially faster than the Intel versions.
A $700 Mac mini is now faster than a $6000 iMac Pro, a $10,000 Mac Pro, or even a $52,000 Mac Pro.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Billyk711 Avatar
46 months ago

Cool story bro ...

Now open Xcode, FCP X, Apple Configurator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Android Developer (thought probably not available) all at once!!!
Why would anyone want to open android developer?
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iChan Avatar
46 months ago

Can somebody film opening /Applications, cmd-A then cmd-O ! That’d be great!
Here you go...

Nary a hiccup.
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Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)