Apple just started a change, and it is a major change. Intel processors have an expiration date and the Apple M series processors they will reach all Mac models.
Apple’s new M1 processor
Apple’s first processor for its computers is the M1, which is already available in three models: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini.
These processors have many reasons for why to use it, Apple has made this leap with a lot of knowledge, but there are also some reasons why not to use it. Practically all due to the beginning of this transition, that is to say, they will tend to disappear.
Reasons why the to adopt M1 processor.
The M1 processor is of a different architecture than Intel, ARM versus x86, and that gives it many advantages in terms of performance and efficiency. Is a 5-nanometer processor and it is equipped with a staggering 16 billion transistors.
A much more powerful processor
Apple is pretty clear on the power, the M1 chip offers up to 3.5 times faster CPU performance, GPU performance up to 6 times faster, and machine learning up to 15 times faster. We understand that this data is compared to the equivalent version from Intel
World’s Best Integrated Graphics
The SoC M1 includes integrated graphics, an 8-core GPU that Apple has claimed is the best on the market.
These eight powerful cores are capable of running almost 25,000 threads simultaneously from smooth playback of multiple 4K video streams to rendering complex 3D scenes.
With 2.6 teraflops of performance, the “M1 processor has the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer.”
Double battery life
“World’s Best CPU Performance Per Watt”. The M1 processor features an 8-core CPU consisting of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, and according to Apple, These high-efficiency cores deliver outstanding performance while consuming one-tenth the power.
High-efficiency cores offer performance similar to that of the i3 processor in MacBook Airs. And all this allows a battery life of up to double the duration. The MacBook Air has a battery life of 6 more hours and MacBook Pro of up to 10 more hours.
The M1 processor derives from the one we have in the iPhone or iPad, and that allows us to have an immediate start from rest, in the same way as it happens on iOS devices. Also, the consumption at rest will be much lower thanks to this new processor.
Compatible with iPad and iPhone apps and games
Being a processor based on the iPhone and iPad, but much more powerful, it can use the applications that we have on these devices natively. That is, the vast majority of apps in the App Store can be used without problems on Macs with an M1 processor.
why not to adopt M1 chip
But not everything can be good, the M1 processor represents a change in architecture, and this forces a transition that includes some downsides.
It is something necessary that will last several months. Developers must adapt your applications to Apple’s new M1 processor architecture. Apple’s apps are already adapted and many others will do so over the next few months, for example, Photoshop will arrive in early 2021.
This process will not affect ordinary users, but it could affect professionals more. Apple has created the Rosetta 2 software that will take care of translating unsupported apps, and it promises that they will perform at great performance, but it is something you will have to try.
Until now on a Mac, we could install Windows without problems on a disk partition thanks to Bootcamp. A very interesting option for all those users who needed both systems and this is something that today is impossible on M1 processors.
The problem is that Microsoft does not sell a version of Windows for ARM processors, as soon as you do this could be achieved. In the meantime, we must rely on the virtualization of apps like Parallels that are working to achieve this
16 GB RAM maximum
At the moment, the Mac with processor M1 is having a maximum limitation of 16 GB of RAM. We do not know if it is something forced or a momentary decision by Apple that could change in the future.
Of course, in these first three computers intended for the general public, 16 GB of RAM is more than enough for the tasks to be performed.
Not compatible with external eGPUs
This is not something that will affect the vast majority of users who are going to buy these first Macs with an M1 processor, but it is a disadvantage. The M1 processor does not support external eGPUs, so you will not be able to improve graphics performance in this way on these Macs.
The decision that Apple has taken is firm and as the months go by, the advantages will be much greater than the disadvantages. We have a more powerful processor, which consumes less and that Apple itself has designed for its devices. A new step for the Mac, probably the most important in its history.
So, guys, this all were reasons why M1 chip is good to adopt or why not a good to adopt.
Now we will compare this new M1 processor from the old intel i7 processor.
Apple's M1 Chip Vs Intel i7
From the get-go of the comparison, Apple's M1 chip does not start off to be the shining armour it is being touted as but later finds to hold its ground. The M1 chip, in this comparison, is being compared to the Intel Core i7-10875H. Talking about Frequency, single Turbo core, and all the Turbo cores, the intel i7 makes a clear winner.
While the Apple M1 comes with a frequency of 1.80 GHz, the i7 tops at 2.30 GHz. The single-core Turbo power which plays a big part in the chip's and the performance of the entire device is lacking in M1 too, clocking in at just 3.10 GHz, as compared to the monstrous 5.1 GHz of i7. Besides this, the All Cores Turbo power of M1 comes a little close to i7's 3.21 GHz with 3.10 GHz.
In the GPU frequency and performance is where the M1 chip shines, prompting that it is not just a well-packaged power housing chip, but also an efficient one at the same time. The GPU frequency of Intel i7 looks inferior to M1's 1.80 GHz with its 0.35 GHz power. The Turbo power of the GPU in i7 also falls short with only 1.20 GHz as compared to Apple M1's 3.10 GHz. The technology used to develop the chip is also drastically different.
The M1 chip is based on the 5NM technology used even in Apple's latest iPhones. On the other hand, the i7 is based upon 14NM technology. However, it is too early to judge the real-time performance of a chip-based upon on-paper specifications. it will be a few months before a concrete comparison of the two chips makes its way to the internet.
Apple MacBook Air, Pro with M1 processor: Price compared to Intel versions
The MacBook Air with Intel processors was updated back in March 2020, and Apple had introduced it at a lowered price of Rs 92,900 for the base 256GB version at the time. This MacBook Air is no longer listed on the Apple website for sale.
The new MacBook Air with the M1 processor starts at the same price of Rs 92,900 for the 256GB version. The higher storage 512GB variant will start at Rs 1,17,900. So technically, the new MacBook Air retains the same price.
Apple is giving the option of upgrading memory and storage on the MacBook Air with the M1 processor. This feature can be availed on the Apple website at the time of purchase. To increase the memory to 16GB, users will have to pay Rs 20,000 extra. For 1TB storage space on the 512GB version, it will cost Rs 20,000 extra, and for 2TB storage, it will cost Rs 60,000 more. Apple is also giving customers the option of pre-loading Final Cut Pro X at Rs 24,900 and Logic Cut Pro X at Rs 15,900 respectively.
The new MacBook Pro with M1 processor and the 13-inch display starts at Rs 1,22,900 for the 256GB storage version with 8GB memory. This is the same price as the Intel variant, which was also upgraded in May this year. The 512GB version of the MacBook Pro with M1 processor will cost Rs 1,42,900. Once again customers have the option of increasing memory to 16GB for Rs 20,000. They can also upgrade storage to up to 2TB at the time of purchase similar to the MacBook Air variant.
I hope you all got the information on why and why not M1 processor is good for users, a comparison of M1 with previous intel processor and also regarding the price after the change of the chip from intel to M1 processor.