There has been a lot of buzzes recently about the new Apple MacBooks released by the company on the 17th of November,2020. Apple specifically introduced three new devices that refresh their older ones namely Mac mini, MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro. From the outside, they all look and feel the same as the last ones. They have similar bezels, build, keyboard, trackpad, et cetera. But what is different is the ‘magic’ that is happening on the insides of the three devices. The ‘magic’ which is common in all of them is the new processor designed by Apple themselves called ‘Apple M1 chips’.
So, what is so great about the chip?
To understand what is different about the new chip made by Apple, one has to understand how Intel and Ryzen CPUs work. Basically, Intel and Ryzen both use the tried and tested designs of CPUs i.e.x86/x64 architecture for higher-power devices which is used in literally all the laptops and desktops whereas the new Apple M1 chips work on a different architecture called ‘arm’ which has been used to run low power devices like our smartphones and tablets. The arm has traditionally been better at low-power devices as they are designed so and Intel has been used in more power-hungry devices. But the times are changing and arm CPUs have already moved to 5nm manufacturing from 7 nm but Intel is still stuck at 10nm which basically means Intel can pack a lesser number of transistors in their CPU. And because of this bottleneck, Apple has decided that they are going to manufacture their chip in-house which ‘Apple M1 chip’ is the result of.
Is Apple M1 Chip better?
It probably is better than the Intel chips. Especially when we compare the Apple, Intel version and Apple M1 version laptop side by side we find that the M1 one’s beat intel by far. And the greatest advantage over Intel chips is the efficiency and power management which is evident by the fact that the Apple MacBook Pro 13( Intel-based ) gives a battery of about 10 hours in basic web browsing whereas the Apple MacBook Pro 13(M1 based) gives a whopping double the battery life at 20hrs with the same battery capacity which is magnificent. Also, the Intel does not have great graphics as compared to Apple M1 which can easily chew through 4k footage while video editing. But not all is so clear as the application which runs on Intel is not compatible with M1. Though, by using a translation layer called ‘Rosetta 2’ the M1-based MacBook is able to run almost all the applications. The real ‘magic’ starts while running apps that have already been compiled for M1 chips like the Final Cut Pro where M1 performs like i7 processors or better.
In a nutshell, if you are thinking about buying a laptop from Apple then I would suggest you wait for some time until M1-based MacBooks arrive in Nepal. As Apple is going to stop giving support to Intel at a later time you are much more insured for a greater period buying a laptop which Apple will support for a long duration.