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Apple M1 Chip

Small chip, huge leap, here’s why…

What is the M1 chip, and what does it do?

It offers Apple’s unified memory architecture (UMA) that means users will enjoy high‑bandwidth and low‑latency memory in one space. It features an 8-core CPU as well as the default eight gigabytes of memory or an optional 16. Four of the M1’s cores are dedicated to high-power performance, while the other four are for efficient low-power computing. That evens out to a 10W thermal envelope overall (a thermal envelope is how much power a device uses and how much heat it outputs), with the low power cores taking up a tenth of the power needed for the high-power cores. The chip also has a total of 16 billion transistors. The M1 also has a separate 16-core neural engine for machine learning tasks.

This means that apps and platforms can access data without copying it between multiple pools of memory. That equals smoother transitions, a quieter machine and speed, speed, speed.

The M1 Chip offers:

1. Three times the performance per watt than that of previous Mac chips
2. Two times the CPU speed
3. A rather astounding battery life of two-to-three times that of machines without the M1
4. Two times the graphics speed than the latest PC laptop chip

What is the M1 chip, and what does it do?

This results in faster in-app speed and processing, smoother integrations between Apple apps, and better compatibility between devices. Design and dev teams will appreciate that the M1 speeds high resolution photo editing by a factor of three, render even complex timelines in Final Cut Pro up to six times faster, and compile Xcode up to three times faster than before. The 16-core Neural Engine of M1 can also make video analysis, voice recognition and image processing much faster.

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