EVERYTHING ABOUT APPLE SILICON
BY HEMAJA BURUD
Apple Silicon Mac Product Lineup
The M1 chip, Apple's first custom-designed Arm-based chip for the Mac, is used in the company's first silicon Macs.
The M1 Pro is equipped with a 10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, as well as a 16-core GPU. Apple's high-end processors also include a 32-core NVIDIA GPU for enhanced graphics performance. To improve performance, all of the chips have unified memory that is shared by all chip components.
Why Apple Made the Switch
Apple is developing its own silicon chips in order to build better Macs. Apple's chips bring a whole new level of performance to more powerful Macs that are also more energy-efficient. Maximum performance is enabled by advanced power management capabilities.
Common iOS and Mac Architecture
Because Apple designs its own chips for iOS devices and Macs, all Apple product lines share a common architecture, making it easier for developers to write and optimise software that runs on all Apple products.
Apple silicon Advantage
Apple's primary goals were greater performance and efficiency, but there were other reasons for the company's decision to ditch Intel, including all of the proprietary technologies developed into Apple silicon to further enhance the capabilities of the Mac and set it apart from the competition.
Many of Apple's current Macs are powered by Intel's x86 CPUs, whereas its iPhones and certain iPads are powered by Arm-based chips. Since 2014, Apple has been rumoured to be creating its own Mac CPUs, thus the decision to stop using Intel chips has been in the works for quite some time.
Running Intel Apps on Apple Hardware
Rosetta 2 swiftly and easily converts existing Intel software to work on Macs equipped with Apple hardware. All of the features function properly, and the software is equally rapid.
There is no Boot Camp.
Because Microsoft only licences Windows 10 on Arm to OEMs and has no intentions to make an Arm-based version of Windows widely available at this time, Windows does not run in Boot Camp mode on Macs powered by Apple hardware.
Current & FUTURE Arm-Based Macs
Apple has revealed the 2020 MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 CPUs, which replace the lineup's low-end computers. Apple is working on upgraded Apple silicon processors for the Mac Pro, 27-inch iMac, and high-end Mac mini, according to Bloomberg.
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