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Apple double 11 NEW! Equipped with M1, the strongest self-developed chip in history, the performance of three new Macs has doubled, and the air has removed the fan again - Zhihu

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author : Niuwanyang 、miggy


Bitter, etc. 36 year , Apple finally ushered in its first self-developed chip .

I didn't think! , It was in the early hours of the double eleven , Apple has another launch , And it brought a lot of surprises .

This year apple is “ It's going to open three times later ”, stay 9 Super chip was released at the autumn conference in May A14, Give Way iPad Air Become Apple's current “ The fastest ” Products . And in the 10 There was a press conference in January , Officially unveiling iPhone 12 The veil of the series of mobile phones .

It is not enough , The third press conference just ended did not disappoint the waiting fruit powder , Apple brings us The first one is specially designed for Mac The processor on the platform M1, as well as carrying M1 The processor 13 Inch brand new MacBook Pro、MacBook Air as well as Mac mini.

Interestingly ,MacBook Air With the other two Mac The biggest difference of the series is —— No fans .


Come back , For Apple Mac In terms of the future development of products , This press conference is particularly important ,M1 Chips will come from hardware 、 Software and application ecology make Mac Revolutionary change . In Cook's own words “Huge day for Mac,huge day for Apple”.

Let's see what was said at the meeting .

New self-developed chip M1 available

Let's take a look at this apple self-developed Mac processor M1, Not only did we see Apple Silicon The latest achievement of the plan , what's more , This chip can be said to usher in a new era for Apple .

M1 It's called Apple's strongest chip .




First of all, from the perspective of Architecture .

The new chip is based on Arm framework , Use the most advanced 5nm Process technology , contain 160 100 million transistors , In terms of performance and power performance, it can bring great surprise .M1 Has a 8 nucleus CPU, The CPU It consists of four high-performance kernels and four efficient kernel groups , as well as 128 It consists of execution units . Each high-performance kernel provides the possibility of high-performance running for single threaded tasks .



Let's look at the performance .

M1 The performance can reach the traditional PC Twice as many chips .

it Able to handle up to 24,576 Concurrent threads , And 2.6 teraflops Peak performance of . This allows photographers to edit high-resolution photos faster , Developers can also be faster than before 3 Times the speed of building neural networks or applications .

Arm The biggest advantage of architecture is , Compared to Intel, they With better battery life and efficiency . This will make it possible to carry M1 Of Mac Computers have longer battery life , Better performance .

For carrying M1 New style of MacBook Air, Apple says M1 Make your laptop available once you charge it Long 15 Hours of Wi Fi and 18 Hours of video playback . by comparison , Use the present as compared to the present Intel The modular model of technology has been added respectively 4-6 Hours of standby time .

M1 Another feature of the chip is that it can realize instant awakening , It also makes laptops Turn it on as soon as you turn it on .


Arm Chip architecture can also be used in macOS Up operation iOS and iPadOS Applications . as for macOS Applications for , Apple has been updated like Pages、Numbers and Keynote, To support the Apple Silicon plan .

Mac A new era opens : carrying M1 Chip MacBook And Mac mini


M1 Is good , But it's not sold separately . Next, let's take a look at Apple's heavyweight launch ARM Chip architecture Mac The computer , Include 13 Inch New MacBook Pro、 new MacBook Air as well as Mac mini.

First to speak MacBook Air, This is the first device Apple Based on Arm Of CPU Of MacBook Air, It was also the first to adopt Mac 's Laptop .

The basic model includes a 7 nucleus GPU and 256GB Storage space , as well as 8GB Of memory , The selling price is 999 dollar ; And have 8 nucleus GPU、8GB Memory and 512GB The starting price for storage space models is 1249 dollar ; The maximum configuration is 16GB Memory and 2TB Storage space , The price of this model is 2049 dollar .




The new 13 Inch MacBook Pro The performance of 2.8 times , The graphics processing performance is improved compared with the previous generation 5 times . And new models MacBook Air Different , It still has an active cooling fan system . There is still one Touch Bar, And two Thunderbolt 4 port ( It's on the left side of the laptop ).



Battery life is also growing by leaps and bounds : Able to support up to 17 Hours of web browsing and 20 Hours of video playback . Apple says , This is longer than before 10 Hours , And so far Mac Maximum battery life available on .

The new MacBook Pro The basic model of is 8GB Memory 16GB Storage space , Besides, there are 256GB、512GB and 1TB and 2TB Configuration of .

This is for Apple's internal chips and based on Arm For laptop computers , It's a huge leap .


however , Watching the MacBook Pro and Air More and more like , What's the difference between them ?


It's not really a joke , The biggest difference between them is that : Fan .


Don't underestimate the fan , With its existence, the computer can better heat dissipation , To maintain optimal performance .


The new MacBook Air The fan free design is adopted , Although in theory, the same processor can run at the same speed —— But Apple has confirmed that ,MacBook Pro and Mac mini The fans allow them to maintain optimal performance for longer periods of time .




The new MacBook Pro Fan




The new Mac mini Fan


Now that I mentioned Mac mini, Then let's talk about it . The new model just released Mac mini, There is no doubt that it is based on Arm Self research M1 chip , This is also self. 2018 The first one since Mac mini.



carrying M1 The new chip Mac mini, Energy efficiency has improved 60%. In addition, apple said , Compared to the previous generation , Of the device “CPU Increased speed 3 times ”,“ Graphical display performance improved 6 times ”, And have as much as 16GB Memory and up to 2TB Solid state storage of .

say concretely , The new Mac mini Can perform many tasks faster than the previous generation , These include :

  • stay Xcode The speed of compiling code in has been improved 3 times
  • When playing Tomb Raider, the frame rate is highest 4 times
  • stay Final Cut Pro Rendering complex time axis speed up 6 times
  • Logic Pro There are more real-time plug-ins in 3 times
  • Pixelmator Pro The resolution of the photos in has been improved 15 times

Finally, let's look at the price .

This time it's on board M1 Three chips Mac It can be found on the official website .MacBook Air 7999 Yuan Qi ,MacBook Pro 9999 Yuan Qi ,Mac mini 5299 Yuan Qi . But here's the thing , Apple has marked... In the prominent position , The model is approved for sale , And each customer is limited to 2 platform .




Arm It's not easy to apply architecture chips to Apple computers ,Mac Usher in a historic moment


With the advent of Apple's own chip , In Cook's words ,Mac Our future has entered an unknown field of infinite potential .

in fact , Apple A Serial chips are not a new concept . When it was launched A4 SoC And the original iPad, Over the past ten years , Apple has been designing its own chips internally .



Apple A7 chip

after that , Apple's chip manufacturing work has expanded to almost all of Apple's hardware , Including high performance iPad pro、HomePods、Apple TV、Apple Watch and AirPods, All of these contain a lot of chips designed by Apple . But Apple has never tested it on a demanding device like a laptop .

take Arm The application of architecture chip on Apple computer is even more difficult . Need to know , No one is based on Arm The performance of technology notebook computer can match Apple's MacBook Pros Or Dell's XPS The series is comparable to , Not to mention desktop computers .

That's not to say that apple is completely unprepared . One side , Apple has been working on chips for more than a decade , On the other hand , Apple is also trying to simplify the transition in terms of software .

today , From the content of the press conference , Apple carries it Arm Architecture chip MacBook Full of confidence . in any case , For Apple , This is a Mac A new beginning for the family , Let's see .

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