In of the biggest transition since 2005 when Apple had announced that they were moving towards Intel processors – the Cupertino giant has now announced that they will be moving their entire computer range to their Arm-based Apple silicon processors. The first-ever chip – Apple calls it the M1.
Apple also launched the new M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Air, a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a new Mac Mini. Apple also announced the Big Sur update and Rosetta 2 which will assist developers to run iOS and iPadOS apps natively on the Big Sur – those which have been not updated to Universal.
Apple says all Apple’s Mac software is Universal which basically means it will run natively on the Mac – mainly including iOS and iPadOS apps. A massive improvement for developers.
Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air features the all new Magic Keyboard which was first introduced in the 16-inch Macbook Pro. It also comes with a 20% larger force-sensitive trackpad and a touch ID security system run by Apple’s T2 security chip. Under the hood, the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air holds an Intel i7 quad-core processor that gives you up to 2x faster CPU performance and up to 80% faster graphics performance and 16GB of high-performance 3733MHz RAM.
As with the newer M1 versions, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be a default pick for many users but the question now should be…why? There are some extra features such as support for the P3 colour space, Touch Bar and, on the more expensive MacBook Pro 13-inch models, four Thunderbolt ports.
But you really will have to be a Pro aficionado – or need the extra power and storage you can upgrade the Pro to – to plump for it over the MacBook Air. If you really want the Intel version, then pick up a bargain on the outgoing Intel-based MacBook Air rather than the more expensive Pro.