The Apple M1 is here. It is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for Mac. It delivers incredible performance, custom-engineered technologies and revolutionary power efficiency. It was designed from the very start to work with mac OS Big Sur, one of the most advanced desktop operating system in the world.
Reviewers are positive regarding performance and battery life, which are two of the biggest benefits of the new M1 processor. The fact that the computers are also quiet is another plus in the edge. Security is also tighter, with better protection of user data, secure boot, memory protection engine and secure enclave.
The M1 is based on ARM architecture (arm64). It has eight processor cores; – four of which are high performance and four are high-efficiency.
The M1 chip seems to be faster than Intel
Apple has designed the M1 System on a Chip (SoC) so that it has the memory included on the board, something it calls Unified Memory Architecture, which speeds up the transmission of data as well as added to the general swiftness of the performance. macOS Big Sur has also been built from the ground up with M1 in mind, which allows the best of software optimisation.
M1 doesn’t support eGPUs or multiple external displays
The M1 will only support a single external monitor and does not support external GPU on your mac. However, Apple is confident that the built-in 8-core GPU will prove far more powerful than the Intel integrated graphics it replaces.
M1 can’t run Windows and other apps at the moment
Changing platform means that existing apps will have to be adapted to run on the new hardware. Also there is currently no way to run Windows 10 on M1 Macs. It is not possible to run older versions of macOS on M1 Macs.
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