Although they all use the M1 chip, Apple has apparently made some effort to make a distinction in terms of performance.
The MacBook Air is quieter with a fanless design, 3.5 times CPU performance, 5 times GPU performance, 9 times machine learning, and 2 times SSD performance compared to the previous generation.
Apple also gives some practical scenarios to improve:
The iMovie clip is used to export the project to the web page, increasing the speed up to 3 times.
The 3D effects were integrated into the video in Final Cut Pro, increasing the speed up to 5 times.
For the first time, multiple full-picture 4K ProRes video streams can be played and edited in Final Cut Pro without fear of losing frames.
Export photos from Lightroom up to 2 times faster.
These “n-fold” comparisons compare to the previous generation MacBook Air with a 1.2ghz, 4-core Intel Core I7 processor.
This is by far the biggest performance leap in the MacBook Air’s history.
With better performance, the battery life has been improved from 11 hours of wireless Internet access to 12 hours of video playback to 15 hours of wireless Internet access to 18 hours of video playback.
The starting price remains the same at 7999, with a maximum of 16 gigabytes of memory.
However, it should be noted that the MacBook Air can only call 7-core GPU (8-core GPU is optional for extra money), perhaps to limit the heat or to open up the difference in product positioning.The new 13-inch MacBook Pro runs nearly as well as the M1 chip.
According to apple’s official statement: the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, with the active cooling of a single fan, has a 2.8 times CPU improvement, a 5 times GPU improvement, and an 11 times machine learning improvement.
In the actual use of the 13-inch MacBook Pro:
Writing code in Xcode can increase the speed up to 2.8 times.
Render 3D subtitles in Final Cut Pro, up to 5.9 times faster.
Smooth design of complex game scenes in the Unity Editor, up to 3.5 times faster.
Machine learning tasks in Create ML are up to 11 times faster.
Thanks to the excellent performance of the neural network engine, the beats, instruments and voices in the recording can be isolated in real time in djay Pro AI.
Play full 8K ProRes video in DaVinci Resolve without worrying about losing frames.
Thanks to the M1 chip’s groundbreaking performance-to-power ratio, it can compile up to four times as much code on a single charge.
These scenarios compare to the previous 1.7ghz, 4-core Intel Core I7 processor and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 Graphics processors.
Solid-state drives have a maximum reading speed of 3.3GB/s and a range of up to 20 hours of video playback, making them the most durable Mac products.
Like the previous two laptops, the Mac Mini has the same dramatic performance improvements, with a 3x CPU, 6X GPU and 15x machine learning.After all, the last Mac Mini was 18 years old.
The Mac Mini, however, seems to have changed its orientation a bit. The previous version, which was available with up to 64 gigabytes of memory and a 10 Megabyte network port, was designed to handle some of the most extreme professional demands.But with the M1 chip, the Mac Mini has a maximum memory of 16 gigabytes.
And information from the website can see that the M1 chips may be apple’s ARM architecture since the first step of research chip positioning on the market, the highest is matching to 16 gb of memory, MacBook Air such absolute entry-level products, such as the Mac mini and small equipment across the board with M1 chips, but to like 13 inch MacBook Pro, still hung “Pro” name of the product, Intel processor version has no shelves, still website for sale.
However, it should be noted that although the M1 chip has been changed, the molds of the three devices have not changed, which means there will be no difference in appearance from the previous models.
Apple’s rebellion and worries
From announcing that the Mac would gradually turn to ARM architecture self-developed chip, to releasing three new Macs with M1 chip at one time, it released “multiple times” of performance improvement. Each new product is like a slap in the face of the whole industry, or more directly, it is a slap in the face of “toothpaste factory” Intel.
This is literally the most revolting thing in the consumer digital world in recent years.
Everyone wants to be an industry leader and lead the world. Microsoft has tried to switch computers to ARM architecture twice. They did it with Windows RT and gave it up.
But note that Microsoft’s failure reason is that there is no mobile PC system ecology, not the developers Windows to develop apps for the ARM, and based on the ARM of the iPhone and the tablet, has grown at an annual can affect the app Store ecosystem of more than $5000, Mac as the desktop systems, to compatible with mobile devices like the iPhone and the app, in theory, it is very easy.
But computer software that used to run only on the X86 architecture needed developer support to make the switch.So Apple also predicts that the entire transition will take two years, and what it can do now is provide enough support for developers to build on an ARM-based Mac.
In 2006, Apple gave developers Rosetta to facilitate the transition from Power PC chips to new Intel products.Fifteen years later, Rosetta 2 was built into macOS Big Sur as an emulator, allowing developers to adapt their original X86 software to ARM macs without changing the architecture.
This transition process isn’t easy to put in Microsoft’s place, but it’s fair to say that developers encouraged to support Apple’s shift aren’t as hard as they thought they would be because of a better share of the profits.Because it’s a story we’ve seen once in the decade since the rise of the iPhone, or even more since the first Mac was the first personal computer with a graphical interface.
What Apple wants is not just to take control of its own line of computers from Intel, but to control the future of the computing industry and the world’s computing devices.
The problem is that, from the user’s point of view, if you try the first wave of Macs with M1 chips, you will see so many improvements in performance and battery life on the surface, but the actual software compatibility experience will still need to be verified.After all, for most people, computers are essential for work, and the most important thing they need is a stable software experience.
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