On this special episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, we recap Apple's "One more thing" event including the new M1 Apple Silicon chip, a new 13-inch MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Today, Apple announced its first silicon chip for Mac, the M1. With over 16 billion transistors, 4 high-efficiency cores, 4 high-performance cores, 8-core integrated GPU and 16-core Neural Engine, it promises to make new Macs considerably faster.
The first Mac announced to use the M1 chip is a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air. While the exterior hardware design remains unchanged, the Air no longer has a fan and promises to run completely silent. You can buy the new Macbook Air today starting at $999 and tops out at $2049 with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.
Next, Apple revealed a new Mac mini sporting the new M1 chip. You can purchase the new Mac mini today starting at $699 which is $100 cheaper than the previous model. While the new Mac mini boasts Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4 capability, there are only two of those ports as oppose to the four available on the Intel Mac mini. Notably, the previous Intel-based Mac mini is still available for sale while there are no Intel-based MacBook Airs for sale as new on the Apple Store.
A third hardware announcement included a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro powered by the new M1. This Apple Silicon MacBook Pro only has 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports but you can still purchase new Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Pros with up to 4 ports. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1299 and tops out at $2,300 with 16GB RAM and a 2TB SSD.
Note that all these M1 powered Macs can only be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB of RAM and 2TB SSD.
Apple also announced that macOS Big Sur will be publicly available to download this Thursday, November 12.
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Links from the episode
- Apple announces M1 as first Mac Apple Silicon chip
- Apple debuts new MacBook Air with Apple Silicon M1 chip
- Apple introduces Mac mini with M1 chip and new $699 price tag
- Apple unveils new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon M1 for $1299
- New Apple Silicon Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook pro are available to preorder
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