Apple is now switching its centralized architecture of Intel CPUs, third-party graphics processors, and other parts, to the company’s own “system on a chip” Apple silicon.
As Macs is going through a drastic change, let’s hope it’s big and better like change is for the better one. The First Apple silicon SoC for Macs is known as the M1.
The M1 is Apple’s first Mac chip.
The ‘Apple silicon’ M1 system on a chip(SoC)! what does it mean?
Apple silicon refers to the chips Apple makes. In the Mac, they replace the Intel processors they have used for the past 14 years, and will eventually also replace the AMD graphics processors in higher-end Macs. Apple silicon first made its appearance in the original iPad.
The M1 specifications you need to know:
- 5-nanometer process technology
- 8-core CPU (4 performance cores & 4 efficiency cores)
- 7 or 8 core graphics processor (GPU)
- 16-core Neural Engine
- 8GB or 16GB of Random Access Memory (RAM)
It comes up with:-
- Graphics processor,
- USB and
- Thunderbolt controllers,
- Secure Enclave,
- Neural Engine,
- Image signal processor,
- Audio Processing hardware
Which Macs uses Apple Silicon?
- $999 and $1,249 for MacBook Air
- $1,299 and $1,499 for 13-inch MacBook Pro
- $699 and $899 for Mac mini
Apple said that “Each Mac will have chips of their own design within two years”.
Apple silicon uses a (UMA) unified memory architecture, which is different from how memory is traditionally used, including Intel Macs in computers.
Apple has years of experience with power-efficient chip design. All of which use custom-designed chips developed by Apple.
Apple has made huge gains in processor performance over recent years, and its chips are now more powerful.
Unified Memory Architecture is dynamic and quick, and it is desirable that you do not need much RAM.
Are Macs with Intel processors still available?
Apple’s pricier Macs still use Intel processors. These Macs are acquired mostly by users who do ambitious work regularly.
Apple is not ready with silicon that will reinstate the Intel processors in these more extravagant Macs.
Apple said that “Each Mac will have chips of their own design within two years”, so the M1 is just the start.
Apple will support Intel Macs?
It will continue to provide to support its Intel Macs even after its Mac product line has fully switched to Apple silicon.
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Do iPhone and iPad apps work on Apple silicon Macs?
They can work on Apple silicon Macs. IPhone/iPad apps do not appear in the App Store for Intel Macs.
IPhone apps run at a fixed window size as on your Mac, while some iPad apps are resizable and can be used.
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