The M1 chip and beyond: Everything you need to know about Apple’s homegrown Mac chips

  • 16 January 2022
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The present and future of Apple silicon on the Mac.

Senior Editor, Macworld Jan 16, 2022 1:00 am PST

Macs have undergone a big change since last June. Announced at WWDC 2020, Apple is switching its internal architecture from one that uses Intel CPUs, third-party graphics processors, and other parts, to the company’s own “system on a chip.” The first Apple silicon SoC for Macs is called the M1. That chips was followed up by the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

It’s a big step for Apple and the Mac. But what does it mean for you? In this article, we cover frequently asked questions about Apple’s system on a chip, what it means to the user, how it affects what software you can use, and how fast it really is. We will regularly update this article with news, reviews, testing, and releases, so continue to check back.


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