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Apple announce new Macs as they dump Intel processors

Apple announce new Macs as they dump Intel processors
In June this year, Apple announced a move away from Intel Processors on their Mac range of computers — opting instead to develop their own Apple Silicon processor.
Today, in an online event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his executive team announced the first three products to feature the first Apple Silicon chip for Mac: the M1.
Apple Silicon has featured in iPhones and iPads for years, so this is not new ground for the company. Controlling the hardware and software ecosystem enhances efficiency and performance, so it's a logical step for their flagship Mac-branded products.
Three new products were announced today: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new Mac Mini.
Apple said the MacBook Air with M1 offers improved performance and better portability (Apple) (Supplied)

What is Apple Silicon?

We've all heard the jingle and phrase "Intel Inside" and we've seen the stickers on our computers. Under the hood of a huge share of PCs and all Mac Computers for years have been Intel Processors.
Apple has chosen to start making its own processors — the brains of your computer — to bring in-house the technology integration, so that the hardware (your Mac) works perfectly with the software (MacOS).
This isn't something you will see that's different, but some user performance should improve.

Why is Apple making its own M1 Chip?

Controlling how the hardware works allows Apple to program the software to be more efficient, more powerful and, of course, there would be some long-term cost benefits to controlling this within their own supply chain.
With M1, MacBook Air users can fly through projects in iMovie, exporting projects up to three times faster. (Apple) (Supplied)

What is the benefit of the M1 Chip for users?

Primarily there are two benefits of the new Apple M1 Chip for end users.
The performance of new Mac computers will be improved, with everything running smoother, higher graphics capability now possible.
However, most users of laptops in particular will benefit from the efficiency of the Apple Silicon.
Battery life on the new laptop range is up to 20 hours. That's a staggering battery performance in a Pro-level laptop, so being less attached to the wall will be a huge win, particularly in the education space where plugging in at class is not often supported.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 has the longest battery life ever on a Mac. (Apple) (Supplied)

What new products did Apple announce?

There are three new products available to order today from Apple.
A new MacBook Air, featuring the M1 processor features an 18-hour battery life, fingerprint unlock, machine learning, five-times graphics improvement and a 3.5-times faster CPU. It also features fan-free operation, meaning it is quiet at all times.
For those looking for a desktop solution, the new Mac Mini has a six-times jump in graphics performance, a three-fold increase in CPU speed, while being 60 per cent more energy efficient and able to output to a 6K video monitor.
The jewel in the Mac crown is the MacBook Pro, with the 13-inch version getting an upgrade to the M1 processor which provides for a staggering 20-hour battery life, 2.8-times speed improvement and five-times faster graphics. New studio-quality microphones and image processing should enhance Zoom calls too, which is great for 2020 and beyond.

What will the new Macs cost?

Apple's MacBook Air starts at $1599, the MacBook Pro starts at $1999 and the Mac Mini starts at $1099.