One More Thing: Everything you need to know about the third Apple event of the year
Hosting its third major event in the past two months, Apple's 'One More Thing' brought forth the much-anticipated transition from intel core processors to chips designed by Apple -- M1. The third (and quite likely the last) event also treated its users with the new Macbook Air, Mac Mini and Macbook Pro -- the devices that will be making a jump with the M1 chip. If you missed watching it live, read on for a glimpse of its crucial highlights:
The event primarily unveiled the M1 chip -- which is designed by Apple, for Apple! With an 8-core CPU, the transition has promised to be 'world's fastest CPU core' with high-speed integrated graphics. Packed with 16 billion transistors, the M1 chip is the first SoC (system on chip) for the Mac.
Apple unveiled its all-new 13-inch MacBook Air, which will now come equipped with the M1 chip. The company's best selling notebook now promises a powerful 8-core CPU, which performs 3.5x faster than the previous generation. However, with an impressive 'no fans' technology, we're definitely on board with the idea of the devices being a lot more silent than before! The new MacBook Air also gives you a whopping 15 hours of battery life while browsing the web and 18 hours of video playback.
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Much like the notebooks, Apple also transitioned to the M1 chip on its Mac Mini. Taking a giant leap forward, the Mac Mini is equipped with a 15x faster performance when compared with the previous generation. Specification-wise, it assures 2TB SSD and up to 16GB of memory. It also comes with two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports (with Thunderbolt/USB 4 support), a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI 2.0 and gigabit ethernet.
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Following the MacBook Air and Mac Mini, Apple bumped up the MacBook Pro with the M1 chip. And while the other features remain similar to MacBook Air (13.3-inch display, SSDs up to 2TB, 16GB of memory...), perhaps the most impressive aspect of the MacBook Pro is its battery life of roughly 20 hours! With 2.8x faster performance, the MacBook Pro doesn't have a lot of design changes -- which could pose a disappointment for some.
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Lastly, the tech giant also mentioned how all the new Macs come equipped with Big Sur, which is the latest version of its operating system. With Big Sur and M1, Mac users can now run a greater range of apps than ever before. All of Apple's Mac software is now Universal and runs natively for M1 systems. However, the existing Mac apps that have not been updated to Universal will run with Apple's Rosetta® 2 technology. Big Sur also allows your iPhone as well as iPad apps to run directly on the Mac.