At the heart of the new MacBook Air is the Apple-designed M1 chipset, offering a huge jump not only in performance but battery life when compared to the Intel-based version released earlier in 2020, and that's only scratching the surface of what the M1 offers. The 5nm ARM-based chip is equipped with 16 billion transistors, a 16-core neural engine, an eight-core GPU, and an eight-core CPU with four high-performance cores for heavy-duty tasks and four high-efficiency cores for low-priority tasks.
Apple has chosen to start making its own processors - the brains of your computer - to bring in-house the technology integration, so that the hardware (your Mac) works perfectly with the software (MacOS).
In addition to the swapped keys on the MacBook Air, Apple has also added the emoji globe icon to the function key on both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
With M1, MacBook Air users can fly through projects in iMovie, exporting projects up to three times faster. With this chip, this MacBook Pro is considered the most powerful and efficient one to date. As for machine learning workloads, the new Air will be 9x faster.
The 8-core GPU is also up to 5x faster, allowing users to enjoy super-smooth graphics performance. The 2020 MacBook Air is available starting this month with prices starting at $999 United States dollars. The M1 Chip is like the A14 Bionic Chips for the iPhone 12, an exclusive processor to power Apple's devices. The Mac Mini features two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt and USB 4.
- And that same incredible efficiency also delivers extraordinary battery life, with up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to an unbelievable 18 hours of video playback.
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The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 has the longest battery life ever on a Mac. Big developers like Adobe have already started preparing to run their apps on M1-powered Macs. In terms of battery life, one can expect up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 20 hours of video playback. Customers can expect 3x faster compilation of code in Xcode and up to 6x faster rendering of a complex timeline in Final Cut Pro.
And because the silicon is based on lightweight ARM architecture geared towards mobile devices, start-up times on these new computers should be pretty much instantaneous.
The new Mac mini, which has not been updated in a few years, starts at $699, $100 less than the previous generation.
A model with 512GB of storage is also available at A$2299, and both laptops have 13-inch Retina displays and two Thunderbolt 3/USB-4 ports.
Shares of Apple were up about 0.2% as the event ended.