Apple’s Groundbreaking M1 Processor
Josue Castillo wrote this article
For the longest, Apple was relying on intel processors to fuel their laptops — but not anymore.
I’d like to introduce you to the M1 processor, a small chip with enormous potential.
A chip that provides a better user experience and a giant leap forward in Apple technology.
The processor was designed specifically for Macs.
It delivers incredible performance, custom technologies, and most importantly, revolutionary power efficiency.
Previously, MacBooks relied on multiple chips to deliver all of their features. All of these features have been concatenated into one chip: the M1.
Introducing the Revolutionary Chip
This chip is the first complete system on a chip.
At this point, you may be wondering about the spec sheet, and what’s so special about this small, yet powerful chip.
1. An eight-core CPU
2. Made with a five nm process
3. Eight-core GPU with 2.6 teraflops of throughput
4. An astounding sixteen billion transistors
5. Accepts eight or sixteen gigabytes of memory.
Moore’s Law states that the amount of transistors in a processor doubles every two years. Which has held up so far since the i9 processor had 7 billion transistors.
This is important because the more transistors, the more processing power a processor can have.
The M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac.
This small chip was designed for power efficiency and compactness.
1. Low-power silicon
2. The world’s best CPU performance per watt
3. The world’s fastest integrated graphics card
4. A breakthrough machine learning performance used with Apple’s Neural Network Engine.
The M1 has a GPU integrated into the processor, different than most computers, and has a separate card for graphics.
The M1 processor delivers:
1. Four times faster CPU performance
2. Up to six times faster GPU performance
3. Fifteen times faster machine learning
4. Two times longer lasting battery (compared to previous Macs).
But how does it compare to Intel?
Well, let me tell you.
Apple vs. the Intel Processor Chip
Before the M1 chip, the leading Intel processor for Macbooks was a 2.3ghz Intel Core i9 eight-core processor, found on the previous Macbook, which is also no slouch.
The M1 has a base frequency of 3.2GHz compared to the 2.3GHz of the i9 version. When it comes to benchmarks, the M1 chip scored 1,687 on a single-core.
The i9’s benchmark was 1,029 for single core. Whereas, the multi-core benchmark the M1 scored 7,433.
The i9 scored 6,012 for the multi-core benchmark.
How do we understand the benchmark results? Well, the higher the benchmark number, the better the processor is.
So, in this case, the M1 has intel’s chip beat.
The benchmark results speak for themselves, but how does this affect apps and web apps?
The M1 Processors Effect on Apps and Web Apps
For starters, it means that heavier, power-consuming applications can be run with ease.
Applications are becoming more and more complex as technology further develops, so the fact that processors are also increasing is a sight for sore eyes to see.
It also improves video processing by allowing four times faster video processing and almost eight times faster image processing.
The M1 allows users to run more apps than was remotely possible before.
This allows developers to continue to build larger and more robust apps and run them natively from their laptops.
Now, artificial intelligence can be programmed more efficiently into apps, alongside more complicated software, due to the chips Neural Network Engine (NNE).
The NNE is the M1’s secret sauce. It allows developers to harness the power of AI by providing users with the hardware necessary to train models, run tests, and more efficiently run AI.
What Does The Future Hold For Macbooks?
Now that there are more powerful laptops developers can take advantage of, they’ll be able to take advantage to build bigger and better application.
The operating system will benefit the most from this new processor because now you can have your cake and eat it too — you can have performance and power efficiency.
At Chop Dawg, we believe that everyone will benefit from this new technology; from the tech-savvy developer, to the business-minded entrepreneur.
The performance, power efficiency, and ability to run applications natively on a Mac are a few highlights of the processor.
It doesn’t only benefit developers, but also the end-user. Users can now enjoy a greater amount of apps and web apps at the same time, while enjoying a better user experience overall.
We Are App Developers, After All
Developers are already delivering new apps with revolutionary performance and capabilities, like color-correcting 6k video.
The biggest innovation of the M1 is that your favorite iPhone and iPad apps can now run seamlessly on Mac!
Apple’s new M1 processor is a game-changer for both the user and developers, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. With this new processor, apps and web apps from now on will be greatly impacted.
From an app developer’s perspective, this mac is the technology we’ve all been yearning for.
Apps can now run more efficiently, faster, and include top-tier AI/Machine Learning algorithms.
Apps like TikTok can run directly on a Mac.
Not only that, but the application can run more seamlessly, since video processing is increased alongside image processing for apps like Instagram and Facebook.
Instead of technology hindering creativity, now technology can work seamlessly with app developers to help build robust, high-performance applications.
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