Apple introduced three new machines making the rounds last night: MacBook Air, Pro and a Mac mini.
This is a big and important transition for Apple …
The three have the same M1 chip, the only difference being the GPU performance. The Pro has up to 20 hours of battery life, while the Air has up to 18 hours. The Pro also has HDR and the Touchbar strip no one uses.
At the same time, Apple has removed some, but not all, Intel Macs. MacBook Air with Intel is completely gone, sour for those who just bought one, while the 13 ″ MacBook Pro is still available, but we’re talking the more expensive models.
… And a potentially big problem for Intel
There are remarkably few choices because the CPU and GPU follow the models and one cannot mix on the layouts. It will be exciting to see what the future looks like for Apple Silicon, if we get more choices in the future and if there is more attention for even more powerful GPUs that can also handle things like ray tracing.
We get a MacBook Air M1 with 8 GB of RAM to test on November 17th. It will be interesting to find out if 8GB of RAM is enough with the M1, and last but not least, this battery life, which should be fantastically good.
It will take time to transition all the way to the M Series or whatever the name gets from the others, as the MacBook Pro 16, iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac Pro still have Intel. Apple estimates it will all take two years.