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Apple unveils first Mac computers powered by own M1 chip

Technology Desk |
Update: 2020-11-11 12:30:08
Apple unveils first Mac computers powered by own M1 chip [Photo collected]

Apple has revealed its first Mac computers powered by chips of its own design.

In June, the company announced it would transition away from the Intel processors it had used since 2006.

Apple said the advantages of using the M1 chip included better battery life, instant wake from sleep mode, and the ability to run iOS apps.

It added it had optimised all of its own Mac apps, but now needs to convince other developers to do likewise.

The new computers include new versions of its:

13in (33cm) MacBook Air, which no longer requires a fan to keep its 
processor cool

13in MacBook Pro, which Apple said can now play video for 20 hours on a single battery charge - twice as long as before. It keeps its fan

Mac Mini screen-less desktop computer

Apple's website indicates this will be the only type of MacBook Air it sells from now on, but it will continue to offer the other two machines with Intel chips as an option.

It did not unveil new versions of its iMac or Mac Pro computers, suggesting Apple might be waiting for more advanced versions of the chip with more memory and greater graphics-processing capabilities to use in those.

The new Macs will go on sale next week. They will run the MacOS Big Sur operating system, which will be released to existing Intel-based Macs this Thursday.

Source: BBC

BSDT: 1230 HRS, NOV 11, 2020

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