Three More Things

The first Apple Silicon Mac models are here! Here’s a summary of today’s announcements.

  • Three models with the “M1” SoC were announced: an Air, 13-inch Pro (dual-port), and Mini.
  • Relevant to the Pro and Mini: Only the lower-end models got updates, so all the new stuff maxes out at 16 GB RAM. Higher-end Intel models are still for sale.
  • All the new stuff comes with Wi-Fi 6, 4 performance and 4 efficiency CPU cores, 7-8 GPU cores, and two Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 ports.
  • For MacBooks, the camera hardware is the same but their quality is improved by a new image signal processor.
  • You can order all the new stuff now, and it’ll ship starting next week.
  • macOS 11 will release in two days, on Thursday, November 12th.

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

  • Quoted max battery life: +6 hours
  • Now fanless, bringing it closer to the 12-inch MacBook offering.
  • Now has a display that supports the P3 color gamut, so the only remaining drawback from the Pro seems to be that it’s still 100 nits dimmer.
  • Fun fact: The low-end model comes in a 7-core GPU option. (via Benjamin Mayo)

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)

  • Quoted max battery life: +10 hours
  • The 13-inch Pro now has a “studio-quality” microphone system, not unlike the 16-inch (still Intel for now).
  • The updates are available only for the lower-end dual-port models. The four-port range is still for sale, including quad-port i7s.
  • Fun fact: it’s a tenth-pound lighter.

Mac mini (M1, 2020)

  • There’s no 10 Gigabit Ethernet option.
  • Lost two of the four Thunderbolt ports.
  • These options come only in silver.
  • Fun fact: it’s a third-pound lighter.

So excited to see benchmarks in the coming weeks.

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