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Apple M1: What the new processor can - and what not

Higher, faster, further - that could be the subtext of yesterday's Apple event. But between all the superlatives there is also tangible information on new and deleted features. We have summarized them for you.

The fastest processor core in the world *?

In the new Apple processor, four high-performance cores work together with four efficiency cores. The former are said to be the fastest processor cores in the world. However, you should still pay attention to the small print, because the press release does not reveal what Apple compared and measured the processor cores with. Instead, one speaks only of common standard benchmarks. In addition, the statement only applies to efficient energy-saving processors.

In the end, it is an ARM chip based on the tried and tested big.LITTLE principle. So the same architecture that has been in the iPhone for almost a decade and a half. In terms of performance, it has now outgrown the requirements of a smartphone. Thanks to its integrated SoC design and the simplified CISC instruction set, the new architecture of the Apple M1 can offer significantly longer battery runtimes. The very modern 5nm production, which is not yet found in any laptop or desktop processor, is also beneficial here.

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With good optimization, creative programs should also run quickly and easily on the new Apple MacBooks Air and Pro. Here, the corporate giant from Cupertino, California, can draw on unlimited resources thanks to the connection between hardware and software developers. Since the new M1 processors have so far only been announced for more energy-saving devices, the performance crown seems to remain with the classic x86 processors from Intel or AMD for a while.

In addition to performance and consumption, the features are of course also important. The new Apple chip should be able to process image signals even better and faster. Among other things, the video quality and the dynamic range should benefit from this. The encoding of media files should also be much faster thanks to the integrated technology. In addition, the security and memory speed should increase as a result of the new chip design.

For creative people who are on the move in the Apple or Adobe cosmos, for example, that sounds damn good at first. But what about PC users who like to play a game?

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The fastest integrated graphics unit in the world?

This was where Apple could catch up the most, because the integrated graphics units of the previous Intel CPUs were a bit out of date. Apple offers two versions of its integrated graphics: One with seven and one with eight cores. They are said to have a performance of up to 2.6 TeraFLOPs.

At least a nominal stalemate with the currently fastest iGPUs from AMD and Intel seems possible. How many games will end up on the Macs remains to be seen. Due to the common architecture, at least many iOS games could theoretically soon run on the new Macs.

The main application scenario for the iGPU of the Mac Mini, MacBook Air and Pro should be video and 3D software. Thanks to the very good hardware optimization, Apple's promises of high performance could definitely apply here.

The Apple M1 is not (yet) able to do this better or only equally well

In addition to all the superlatives, some resourceful Apple fans also noticed the lack of known features or expected innovations. This means that an eGPU can no longer be connected to the new Macs - despite the Thunderbolt interface. Gamers and creators who need more graphics performance are left out. A 6K display can be used on all Macs. So far, this has only been a detour with some models.

The network speed is only 1 Gbit / s. The already available 10GBit networks are therefore not supported. However, this should rarely be noticed in practice. Thunderbolt 3 is also still on board. Since Thunderbolt 4 offers the same bandwidth, that shouldn't be a big deal either.

Apple M1: Available from November 17th

You can already pre-order the new Macs now. Deliveries will begin on November 17th. They are just the beginning of the move to ARM. Apple also wants to convert its high-performance processors to the new architecture by 2022.

So we have an exciting time ahead of us for desktop and laptop users. Seldom has there been so much movement in the market: AMD is overtaking Intel in terms of processor performance in the desktop, Intel will soon be bringing dedicated graphics chips, Nvidia will buy ARM and Apple will soon be relying exclusively on ARM processors. With so much competition, we as customers can look forward to many innovations soon. The new Apple M1 CPUs are possibly just the first step here - and a damn promising one. We are very excited about the first tests and of course we will keep you up to date.

You can read the details of the Apple November event here in peace and quiet.

Before that, we would like to know what you think of the new Apple processors. Let us know in the comments.

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via: Apple.com, Caschy's blog