Apple presented M1: Apple Silicon is the first 5nm processor for desktops. After many rumors, it is a reality. Apple has introduced its first computers with an ARM processor under the name of Apple Silicon. This is the first major transition of the company since they abandoned the IBM PowerPC processors for the Intel x86 processors. Let’s see what this new stage means for the Apple family of computers.
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The first processor that Apple has introduced is called M1 and it is not only a classic processor, but like the iPhone and iPad, has all the necessary components integrated into a single chip. The promise is to have the highest performance per watt in the industry, and it is the first “desktop” 5nm processor
16 billion transistors for 8 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores
The M1 is an eight-core processor with four high-performance and four low-performance cores. Apple claims that this chip has much more performance in CPU than the Intel that precedes it, with much lower consumption. The high-performance cores have 192KB instruction cache, 128KB data cache and 12MB shared L2 cache.
The same goes for the eight-core GPU. Apple promises the maximum performance as an integrated graphics, but with one-third of the total power consumption. In the graphics they have shown, the maximum performance is much higher than in the integrated Intel, and Apple says it is the most powerful integrated GPU on the market.
Apple promises that the M1 has the most powerful integrated GPU on the market
It also benefits from a neural engine or 16-core Neura Engine, something that until now has been lacking in Macs, and which will help process incredible amounts of information in automatic learning processes, making it easier to be much less dependent on the CPU in processes that can be better optimized with artificial intelligence and CoreML. In applications like Pixelmator or Photoshop, you will recognize these changes instantaneously.
The MacBook Air will be the first model to have the M1, and it is 5 times powerful now
The MacBook Air will be the first model to have the M1. This is the same computer we know so far, but with great improvements in performance that make it much more competitive than ever.
As with the M1 chip itself, Apple promises to multiply by five times the graphics performance of Intel in MacBook Air, and up to 3.5 times the performance in CPU. Despite this gain in power, Apple has chosen to return to the philosophy of the 12″ MacBook and remove the fan.
All this gives it up to six hours more autonomy than its predecessor, reaching up to 18 hours in video playback and 15 in web browsing.