The new MacBook Pro late 2020 is here: the name is M1, world’s first 5nm chipset, how good is it?

MacBook Pro late 2020 , MacBook Air late 2020 and Mac mini were introduced by Apple

After the 2005 public announcement of Apple’s departure from its inhouse PowerPC microprocessors, the MacBook Pro late 2020 finally brings their first total inhouse processor, and this processor should ‘on paper’ be one of the most efficient piece of product on any laptops.

MacBook Pro late 2020
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Here, in the “One More Thing” event, Apple Inc has finally introduced a new generation M1 chip for its latest Mac Computers (not the original MacBook Pro 2020) , built on a 5 nm process. The chipset is Apple’s first ARM based chip to bring improved performance and better battery life to their personal computers.

‘nm’ or nanometer is a technical terminology that describes how tightly packed the transistors are placed inside the processor. The lesser the proximity between them, the faster the electrons move between them, which would mean lesser source of power will be wasted in transit.

M1, says Apple, is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip.

MacBook Pro 2020 and MacBook Pro late 2020 are two devices.

What is MacBook Pro late 2020 and MacBook Air late 2020 packed with?

The Cupertino based giant claims that they feature the ‘world’s fastest CPU core’ in a low-power silicon, which comprises of the best CPU performance per watt and the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer. The chipset is also apparently features a breakthrough machine learning process with its advanced Apple Neural Engine. It is easy to assume with all the updates that the chipset is expected to be a giant.

The M1 as claimed by Apple also delivers 3.5 times faster CPU performance, upto 6 times faster GPU performance, and upto 15 times faster machine learning. This is not it, the battery is expected to be twice more capable than the previous generation MacBook Air late 2020, MacBook Pro late 2020 and Mac Mini. With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

The M1 comes with a surprisingly packed 8-core CPU consisting four high performance and four high-efficiency cores. Each of the high-performance cores provides industry-leading performance for single-threaded tasks, while running as efficiently as possible. Apple states these are the world’s fastest CPU cores in low-power silicon, allowing photographers to edit high-resolution photos with lightning speed and developers to build apps nearly 3 times faster than before. And all four can be used together for a huge boost in multithreaded performance.

The four high-proficiency centers convey extraordinary execution at a 10th of the power. Within these four cores, it convey comparable performance as the current-generation to the dual-core MacBook Air late 2020, MacBook Pro late 2020 at much lower power. It is the most effective approach to run lightweight, regular assignments like browsing email or perusing the web, and safeguard battery life more than ever. And every one of the eight centers can cooperate to give staggering process capacity to the most demanding task and deliver the world’s best CPU performance per watt.

With Apple announcing ‘One More Thing’, the company also gave the permission to the content creators to develop softwares and other support systems focusing on the M1 chipset. Featuring Apple’s most advanced GPU, M1 benefits from years of analysis of Mac applications, including everyday apps and challenging pro workloads. Featuring up to eight powerful cores capable of running nearly 25,000 threads simultaneously, the GPU can handle extremely demanding tasks with ease, from smooth playback of multiple 4K video streams to rendering complex 3D scenes. With 2.6 teraflops of throughput, M1 has the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer.

Apple’s recent new chips — including A13 Bionic and A14 Bionic, U1, and more — have been engineered with Machine Learning (ML) in mind. The M1 chip brings the Apple Neural Engine to the MacBook Pro late 2020, greatly accelerating ML tasks. Featuring Apple’s most advanced 16-core architecture capable of 11 trillion operations per second, the Neural Engine in M1 enables up to 15 times faster machine learning performance. In fact, the entire M1 chip is designed to excel at machine learning, with ML accelerators in the CPU and a powerful GPU, so tasks including video analysis, voice recognition, and image processing will have a level of performance never seen before on the MacBook Air late 2020 and MacBook Pro late 2020.

What are the pricing?

Pricing of the MacBook Air late 2020 starts at Rs. 92,900 $699 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You can upgrade to 16GB of RAM for another Rs.20000 $200. Going from 256GB of storage to 512GB, 1TB and 2TB of storage costs Rs. 20000 $200 for each incremental step. Similarly the MacBook Pro late 2020 starts at Rs. 1,22,900 $1,299 for the 8GB variant and 16GB variant at Rs.1,42,999 $1,499 Pre-orders start today and the new Mac Mini will be available next week.

Is the device upgradable?

Unfortunately with this new M1 chipset, Apple has also completely restricted MacBook upgrades, with almost all its component packed into one chipset, Mac is almost impossible to be upgraded. This has also restricted third party repairing and making mac packed in the Apple Ecosystem. This is expected to be the initial step in new-generation MacBook lineup, the upcoming (possibly M2, M3 etc.) chipsets will also have the capability to run a full fledged MacBook Pro or iMacs.

Amal Varghese

A lecturer by profession and an admirer of transitions. I love the way the technological world revolves around me from the introduction of an earpiece to the computing device in a space shuttle, every tiny detail amuses me. I try to put my fascination to words for all the fanatics of this evolution who are ironically hooked to its benefits anyway. Proud to be a part of this generation who saw a tape-recording cassette with 5 songs and a cloud streaming service with a zillion songs inside your pocket.

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