Last month, Apple held its “Hi, Speed” event introducing the iPhone 12 lineup alongside new MagSafe accessories and the HomePod mini. And, just about a week ago Apple had officially announced its third event, with the tagline “One more thing”. And on November 10, 2020, Tuesday, Apple held its third fall event, “Apple’s November 10th event” majorly focusing on Macs.
“One more thing”….it’s time to speak about the Mac. Here’s what Apple announced in it’s event of November 10.
- Apple Silicon
- MacBook Air
- MacBook Pro
- Mac Mini
When Apple announced about the event, the tech followers were pretty much guessing about what to expect for the event. Since Apple had previously told about it’s the transition from Intel to its custom-made Apple Silicon chip in near future and also informed us about it’s updated macOS Big Sur in WWDC event earlier this year, so apple followers were expectant that the event would be focused on Macs this time.
As per the expectations, here’s what Apple announced:
Apple has announced the first Apple Silicon processor for the Mac namely the “M1” chip. Apple had promised that its first Apple Silicon machine would come before the end of the year, so did it on November 10. All mac’s Apple announced during the one more thing event are processed with the fresh Apple silicon chip.
The M1 is optimized for Mac systems that prioritize small size and power efficiency. Apple considers it’s M1 chip as “the world’s fastest CPU core”. The chip features eight cores and promises faster performance and more efficient power consumption. The M1 chip can reportedly deliver up to 3.5 times faster CPU performance, up to 6 times faster GPU performance, and up to 15 times faster machine learning, all while enabling a battery life up to two times longer than the ancestor Macs.
The M1 is also built on the same five-nanometer process as the A14 Bionic chip, and supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4.
macOS Big Sur has been built to optimize M1. Thus, the introduced macS are to function with M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. On the one more event, Apple announced that macOS Big Sur will be released on Thursday, November 12.
macOS Big Sur was previously introduced in June at the WWDC event.
With the very updated and fresh yet familiar look, Apple considers macOS Big Sur as the biggest design update to macOS since the introduction of Mac OS X. What more Apple is bringing to macOS Big Sur on Nov. 12, find it here.
The MacBook Air introduced in Apple’s November event will cast the first Apple-designed Arm-based chip, “M1”. The MacBook Air is Apple’s thinnest, lightest notebook, completely transformed by the Apple M1 chip. The MacBook Air’s CPU is up to 3.5x faster than the prior generation model, and the GPU is up to 5x faster.
The MacBook Air can be configured with up to 2TB of storage. RAM maxes out at 16GB, and the battery life lasts until 15 hours of web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback. The MacBook Air features a tapered, wedge-shaped aluminium body with a 13-inch Retina display, resolution of 2560x1600with slim bezels and a large Force Touch Trackpad.
The P3 Wide Color supports for more vivid, true-to-life colors. Also, the M1 MacBook Air features a 720p FaceTime HD camera. There are a lot more extra features that come along with the New MacBook Air. Starting at $999, the MacBook Air is available for purchase from the online Apple Store and the first orders will arrive to customers on November 17.
Mac Mini introduced, is also equipped by Apple Silicon Chip. Specifically, Apple says that the M1-powered Mac mini is able to compile code in Xcode up to three times faster, play a graphics-intensive game with up to four times higher frame rates, and render a complex timeline in Final Cut Pro up to six times faster.
The Mac mini’s advanced thermal design allows it to remain cool and quiet. The Mac Mini has a built-in speaker, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and ports for Thunderbolt USB 4 and HDMI 2.0, and a headphone jack. Starting at $699 it is available to order on Apple.com, and then it will begin to arrive to customers November 17.
During its keynote, Apple said the Pro was “the perfect Mac for many creative pros.” Introduced as the third Mac powered by the custom M1 Apple Silicon chip, the 3-pound, 13.3-inch laptop has a longer reported battery life of 20 hours. It’s equipped with three mics, a FaceTime HD camera and a GPU that’s 5x faster than the previous model.
Other features in the new MacBook Pro includes 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and also features a Magic Keyboard and a Retina display. Starting at $1299 it is now open on Apple’s online store and deliveries begin November 17.
Apple’s November 10th event