Apple unveils next-generation Macbooks, Mac mini with custom M1 chip
Apple has announced the new-generation MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini that will run on the M1 processor - the company's first chip designed specifically for the Mac. The new machines look mostly the same as their predecessors while boasting significantly faster CPU and GPU performance, up to 2x longer battery life, and access to some new apps and games.
First, let's take a look at the brand-new M1 chip
Touted as the first system-on-chip for the Mac, the M1 combines the CPU, I/O, security, and other chips into one. It is built on the 5nm process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors. The M1 has an 8-core CPU, up to 8-core GPU with 2.6 teraflops of throughput, and a 16-core Neural Engine that is capable of 11 trillion operations per second.
How fast is the new M1 chip?
According to Apple, the M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning capabilities, and up to 2x longer battery life than the previous-generation Intel-powered machines.
2020 MacBook Air
The 2020 MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch Retina display with P3 wide color gamut support, a Magic Keyboard, and a fan-less design. It packs an M1 chip, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage. It also supports Thunderbolt, USB 4, Wi-Fi 6, as well as Touch ID, and offers a battery life of up to 18 hours.
2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch
The new-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 13.3-inch Retina display, a Magic Keyboard, an M1 chip, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage. It also supports Thunderbolt, USB 4, Wi-Fi 6, and Touch ID. In addition, the Pro model has a Touch Bar, studio-quality microphones, an active cooling system, and delivers up to 20-hours of battery life.
2020 Mac mini
Apple has also updated the Mac mini with the all-new M1 processor and an advanced thermal design. The portable desktop unit also gets support for Thunderbolt, USB 4, Wi-Fi 6, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet. The device is available with options for up to 16GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD storage, and can support a 6K display.
How much do the new machines cost?
The new Mac mini costs Rs. 64,900 for the 256GB version and Rs. 84,900 for the 512GB variant. The 2020 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are priced at Rs. 92,900 and Rs. 1,22,900 for their respective 256GB models. The pre-orders for all the three machines are currently open in India and they will be available starting November 17.