Apple unveils new Mac computers designed with homemade M1 chips

Apple’s breakup from Intel is finally happening. 

The iPhone maker on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited Macs built around its homemade chip, dubbed the M1. The new computers will deliver cutting edge speed and performance while simultaneously maximizing battery life, the company said. 

Apple boasts that the new MacBook Air with the M1 chip is “faster than 98 percent of PCs sold in the past year.” The Air’s battery will also last 6 hours longer than its predecessors, topping out at 18 hours of video playback.

Apple is also updating the Mac Mini for the first time since 2018 and putting the M1 chip into the 13-inch MacBook Pro as well.

Apple’s product rollout arrives less than a month after it  announced four new iPhone models and a small, new HomePod Mini smart speaker, and two months after it unveiled new iPad and Apple Watch models.

The company had announced its long-awaited switch to its own homemade chips back in June, a move that dramatically shrunk its relationship with Intel, which since 2006 has provided the processors for Mac computers. 

With its new trio of M1-enabled Macs, Apple now uses its own processor designs in its computers, iPhones and iPads. 

The new chips also give software developers who make apps for the iPhone and iPad new access to its laptops and desktop computers for the first time, with software chief Craig Federighi saying that apps will now work across products with little to no change on the developer side of things. 

Apple’s full transition to homemade silicon won’t be complete until 2022, however. Tim Cook previously announced that there are still a few computers with Intel chips coming down the pike that he is “really excited” about, and that Apple will continue to provide software updates for Macs with intel chips for “years to come.”

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