Here’s the overview of the M1:
The M1 also has the GPU, or graphics processor, built in. With a further eight cores, it delivers twice the performance of the “latest laptop GPU”, he says, leading to “the world’s fasted integrated graphics”.
There’s more! A 16 core “neural engine” and “secure enclave”, two techs introduced in iPhones, for dedicated AI processing and high security.
Ternus hands over to Johny Srouji, the SVP of hardware engineering, to talk about the specifics. It’s going to get technical, but I’ll do my best to translate.
The M1 is a “system on a chip”, or SOC, like its forebears at Apple. That means that a whole bunch of features that were spread out across a whole laptop motherboard are now crammed into the one chip, saving money and space, and boosting efficient comms between all the features.
Srouji says the M1 core is the “world’s fastest CPU core”, and it has four of them, and another four “high efficiency cores.” That “world’s fastest” claim is going to be put under a lot of scrutiny, but Apple’s chips have held up to such claims before.
It also, he says, delivers the world’s best “performance per Watt”, backed up with a lovely totally-unlabelled chart.
A short montage of celebrities, activists, musicians and filmmakers (and Lisa Simpson) all working on their Macs leads us to John Ternus, the SVP of Hardware Engineering.
“Now it’s time for the Mac to take a gigantic leap forward,” Ternus says. “At the core of this effort is Apple Silicon. It’s at the heart of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch – and now we want to bring it to the Mac.”
The first Apple Silicon chip is called the M1, Ternus reveals. “It is a stunningly capable chip, and it ushers in a whole new era for the Mac.”
And we’re off, with jaunty pop playing over shots of a still-empty Apple Park taking us to Tim Cook standing in Apple’s cavernous staff cafeteria. “It’s amazing to think that this is our third major event in just the past two months,” Cook says. “We’re on an unbelievable pace of new product releases, delivering more products this fall than ever before.”
Cook runs down some of those launches – new iPads, iPhones, operating systems and more. “But there is just … ‘one more thing’,” he says. “It’s time to talk about the Mac.”
The last few events have unfolded at a breakneck pace, so we don’t expect to be here much longer than an hour. But that pace can make it hard to keep up with everything that’s being said, so please forgive us if we don’t catch every detail!
Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live blog of Apple’s third and final autumn 2020 press event. We’ll be kicking off at 10am Pacific Time – that’s 6pm UK time, and 5am in New South Wales if you’re up early for all the latest news.
We’re expecting to see a refresh to all of Apple’s laptops today, as the company finally pulls the trigger on its long-planned divorce with Intel. Expect lots of discussion of “blazing fast” computers, and reassurance that your software will carry on working.
That’s unlikely to be all we get, though, so be on the lookout for a grab-bag of other products including, potentially, the launch of Apple’s “AirTag” object-tracking hardware.
If you want to watch along live, Apple is streaming the event on YouTube, which I’ve also embedded above. Otherwise, stick around here for the next hour. Be honest: it’s not like you’ve anywhere better to be.