Apple unveiled the MacBook Air notebook computer on Tuesday, the first to be equipped with an Apple-designed microprocessor called the M1, which will bring Mac computers and iPhones closer to technology, Reuters reports.
The new chip marks a move away from Intel technology, which has been used on Mac computers for nearly 15 years.
It’s also a breakthrough for Apple computers, which have been eclipsed by iPhones, even as it generates sales of tens of billions of dollars annually, writes News.ro.
Apple hopes the developers will create families of applications that run on computers and phones.
According to Apple representatives, the role of the M1 is to be both efficient and fast, improve battery life and connect the latest version of Apple’s operating system to the processor.
The M1 is the chip that Apple will use in place of Intel and MacBook Air solutions, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini will be the company’s first products to use it.
As announced several months ago, Apple has introduced its own chipset, based on the ARM architecture, which will be used in its laptops and desktops instead of Intel processors.
The M1 is built on the same 5nm process as the A14 Bionic found in the latest iPhones, but is developed specifically for the Mac. Its processor has 8 cores (4 fast, 4 efficient) and offers, according to Apple, the highest performance per megawatt.
The American company also claims that the integrated video card in the M1 is the fastest of its kind in the world.
Other technologies built into the M1 are support for USB 4, a 16-core neural engine, universal memory architecture, multimedia encoding and decoding engines, and of course, security features.
The first Apple products to switch to the new chip are the MacBook Air (from $ 999), the 13-inch MacBook Pro (from $ 1,299) and the Mac mini (from $ 699).
The basic version of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro includes a 7-core video card, a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM.
A MacBook Air with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD will cost $ 2,049. Its autonomy will reach 18 hours for video playback.
Apple software director Craig Federighi said Adobe will release Photoshop software for M1-based Macs early next year.