Apple Unveils New Apple Silicon M1 Mac Chip

By Banu Athuraliya | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 5 2020
Tech Talk Apple Unveils New Apple Silicon M1 Mac Chip

By Banu Athuraliya

Apple is reinventing computing as we all know it, with the unveiling of the first Apple Silicone chips that will be at the core of new macs released by Apple. This is a giant step for the computing industry as these new chips promise massive performance gains and power efficiency at the same time. Apple says, ‘This isn’t an upgrade. It’s a breakthrough.’ and after seeing how it performs, I agree! I already have a video on my thoughts in detail about Apple’s newest M1 macs and a comparison of the new M1 mac models available. If you’re interested you can watch them on my channel at

Apple made some bold claims at the launch event of the new M1 Macs focusing on 3 main benefits of moving to the Apple Silicon Chip, which are performance, efficiency and security improvements! With the tagline – ‘Small Chip, Giant Leap’, the M1 Chip will make you go crazy if you›re into numbers.

Apple is not only making their chips, but also their own hardware, and running their own operating system. That’s the crucial part of Apple’s success plan with Apple Silicone. They have all the things on their side to fully control the experience and how things are going to go in the future. Yes, these are ARM chips like the one on the iPhone but these have been designed specifically for laptops and desktops in mind by Apple and the benchmark results prove it. The Apple M1 chip benchmarks over the Intel Core i9 Processor, which is crazy to even think about. 

The move to Apple Silicone is not something that will happen at once. This is a major transition. Apple said that this is going to be a gradual process which will take over two years for the entire transition to complete and for us to see the entire mac line up loaded with Apple Silicone Mac models. For now, there are three new mac models, the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and Mac Mini. All three have no design changes and that›s mainly what Apple wants to do because they can showcase the performance, efficiency improvements and let people easily compare it to the previous systems. People won›t be focusing on the design at all but will only consider the other improvements Apple Silicone brings to the table with the Apple M1 chip.

The Apple M1 chip is an 8-core chip built with 5nm architecture with 16 billion transistors. Apple says that this is the most they have ever put in a chip and by far the ‘highest performance CPU’ they have built. Not only the CPU, but even GPU wise, M1 delivers significantly higher graphics performance than the other current offerings with at least 2 times faster speeds.

With the M1 hip, Apple is combining processor, I/O, security and memory together to form a single System on a chip (SoC) to deliver great performance as well as tight integration and efficiency too. 

M1 also features unified memory architecture and it unifies its high-bandwidth, low-latency memory into a single pool within a custom package. Due to this, all of the technologies in the SoC can access the same data without copying it between multiple pools of memory. This significantly improves performance and power efficiency. The user will feel that their system is really fast and stable!

All this performance usually comes with some sacrifices especially with battery life, but with the M1 chip, the battery life also improves a lot! 13’’ Macbook Pro gains almost twice as long battery life when compared to the 2020 Intel Macbook Pro. That number is crazy! We usually don›t hear improvements like this. This is why M1 is such a big deal.

The M1 transition will look even better on the latest version of MacOS called Big Sur which gets a major redesign this time around with a lot of great features. Thanks to the M1 chip, you can also now run iPhone and iPad apps on the Mac directly which is a great addition. You can have more apps to use and play games because of this.

Apple has also introduced a new transition environment called Rosetta 2 on MacOS Big Sur, to ease this transition from Intel to Apple Silicon. This will let any old Intel apps work without any updates on the M1 powered macs. Thanks to Metal and M1, some of the most graphically demanding apps perform better under Rosetta 2 than they did running natively on previous Mac systems with integrated graphics according to Apple.

The M1 transition will further establish the Mac as not only a powerful computer, but an efficient one with amazing battery life yet secure. If Apple succeeds in the transition to Apple Silicone, and if they truly deliver, things will get really hard for other PC manufacturers. Only time will tell which way things will go. I already have a video on my thoughts in detail about Apple›s newest M1 macs and a comparison of the new M1 mac models available. If you›re interested you can watch it on my channel at

If you want help picking up a mac, I’m available on Social Media @BanuAthuraliya and @AndroDollar.

By Banu Athuraliya | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 5 2020

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