11 Dec Apple’s M1 Chip – A Game Changer!
Apple recently unveiled their new series of Mac computers with the all-powerful M1 chip designed specifically for Mac.
Until now Macs were built similarly to traditional computers using multiple components however the M1 chips integrates all these components into one powerful chip making the processing of information quicker.
With a giant leap in performance per watt, every Mac with M1 is transformed into a completely different class of product.
Apple says the M1 chip is up to 2.8 times more powerful than the Intel i7 chip which has powered the Apple range of products for years.
Along with its impressive computational power the M1 chip extends coupled with macOS Big Sur advanced power management features allows it to have up to 20 hours of battery life which is twice as long as last year’s models.
Developing the hardware in house seems to be working out cheaper for Apple as well who are passing on the savings to the consumer releasing this latest line-up of devices at a cheaper price point.
Whilst all this is very impressive there are a handful of drawbacks to the M1 chip such as software compatibility with the new chips infrastructure and the inability to replace parts as everything is integrated into one chip.
This means if one component fails the entire system will need to be replaced. It also means that the M1 Macs will not be upgradable so you will want to make sure you pick the right system.
As Apple continue to re-invent the wheel it will be interesting to see if other hardware manufacturers will follow suit and develop their own breed of all in one chips boasting high performance at more affordable prices.
Could this be the beginning of a new breed of consumer electronics just like the iPhone?
Or just a quirky, niche innovation that other hardware developers will stay away from due to its potential drawbacks?
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