Let's jog our memory. Didn't Apple refresh its MacBook Air and Mac mini earlier this year? Since announcing the Apple Silicon at this year's WWDC event, the tech conglomerate fulfilled expectations by giving the Mac family its first in-house designed chip, the M1. As the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology, M1 currently features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon.
Specifically created for the Mac, it integrates multiple chips such as CPU, I/O, security into a single SoC (system on a chip). This unified memory architecture dramatically improved performance and efficiency. Thus, all of the technologies in the SoC to access the same data without copying it between multiple pools of memory which improves performance and efficiency.
Expect speedy CPU performance per watt. Consisting of high-performance cores and four high-efficiency core, programs and task run efficiently without a hitch. M1 also includes Apple’s most advanced GPU to date. Featuring up to eight powerful cores, it can handle graphic-demanding projects with ease. Apple Neural Engine also finally comes to the Mac via the M1. So, machine learning tasks like video analysis, voice recognition, and image processing accelerate and enable faster operations.
Beginning with the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, the Apple silicon will take about two years to complete for the entire Mac product line.
MacBook Air: The Perennial Favourite
The M1-powered MacBook Air is swift with its powerful 8-core CPU that performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. This MacBook Air also ensures silent activity with its fanless design.
Other new features include Apple’s latest image signal processor (ISP) in the M1 chip, which improves camera image quality with better noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance and ML-enhanced face detection so users look their best during video calls. Support for P3 wide colour results in an even more vibrant, true-to-life Retina display.
The new MacBook Air with M1 starts from S$1,449 and is available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.
13-inch MacBook Pro: The Expert's Choice
As the most popular Pro notebook, the M1-powered 13-inch Macbook Pro delivers accelerated performance like compiling code, transcoding video, and editing high-resolution photos. With an 8-core CPU and paired with its active cooling system, the laptop is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation. In addition, the 8-core GPU is up to 5x faster, allowing users to enjoy fluid graphics performance whether they are designing a graphics-intensive game or a new product.
Other new features in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro include studio-quality mics for super clear recordings and calls, and Apple’s latest camera ISP in the M1 chip enables sharper images and more detail in shadows and highlights on video calls. It also includes two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support to connect to more peripherals than ever, like an Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 starts from S$1,849 and is available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.
Mac mini: The Compact Powerhouse
The M1-boosted Mac mini will continue to live up to its versatility reputation. Equipped with an 8-core CPU that allows up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation, executing projects like coding and music production won't be an issue. Furthermore, its 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance to tackle complex 3D rendering with ease. Compared to the best-selling Windows desktop in its price range, the Mac mini is just one-tenth the size, yet delivers up to 5x faster performance.
This Mac mini also features an advanced thermal design to sustain its breakthrough performance while staying cool and quiet, support for up to two displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution, and Wi-Fi 6 for faster wireless performance and the Secure Enclave in M1 for best-in-class security.
The new Mac mini with M1 starts from S$979 and is available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.