Apple debuts new Mac Mini, Air and Pro with the M1 SoC

Earlier this evening Apple debuted its new M1 SoC, with the company’s plan to create its own silicon for its Mac devices coming full circle.

It wasn’t the silicon that got showcased either, with three new iterations of device running the M1 SoC at its core also being revealed for the Mac Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

Starting in order of how the devices were revealed, we begin with the Mac Mini. This new iteration has been touted as an option for machine learning-specific environments given the improvements in CPU and GPU performance on offer compared to the previous quad-core version of the Mini.

“M1 brings an 8-core CPU with up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation, dramatically accelerating demanding workloads, from compiling a million lines of code to building enormous multitrack music projects. An 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance, allowing Mac mini to tackle performance-intensive tasks like complex 3D rendering with ease,” notes Apple.

Next is the MacBook Air, with the wedge-shaped notebook still being one of the company’s best sellers in the Mac lineup. As such, the Cupertino-based firm is hoping that the addition of the M1 chip will make it an even more covetable device.

“With the M1 chip, MacBook Air speeds through everything from editing family photos to exporting videos for the web. The powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. With up to an 8-core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air, so immersive, graphics-intensive games run at significantly higher frame rates,” Apple pointed out.

Rounding up the trio was a new 13″ MacBook Pro, with this device touted as a great companion for Apple’s latest operating system – macOS Big Sur – which begins its rollout to users later this week.

“With the M1 chip and Big Sur, the 13-inch MacBook Pro becomes even more powerful and even more pro. The 8-core CPU, when paired with the MacBook Pro’s active cooling system, is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation, delivering game-changing performance when compiling code, transcoding video, editing high-resolution photos, and more,” says Apple.

For now, local pricing and availability for all three new Mac devices is unknown, but Stateside they’re all available for order starting today. The Mac Mini starts at $699, the Air at $999 and Pro at $1 299.


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