Earlier this year, at the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple announced that after twenty-five years, they’re getting rid of Intel chips, and will replace them with their own chips, known as “Apple Silicon.” Apple also said at the time that it would introduce the first products with the new chips by the end of year, as part of a multiyear transition to the new architecture.
At its special “One More Thing” event on Tuesday—its third and presumably final keynote of the fall—Apple unveiled what it calls the M1 chip, as well as three Mac computers that will feature it.
The new computers are a new Mac Mini, a new MacBook Air, and a thirteen-inch MacBook Pro. Apple promised that the new computers will be faster and better-performing than the previous models.
“The introduction of three new Macs featuring Apple’s breakthrough M1 chip represents a bold change that was years in the making, and marks a truly historic day for the Mac and for Apple,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in Apple’s announcement.
“M1 is by far the most powerful chip we’ve ever created, and combined with Big Sur, delivers mind-blowing performance, extraordinary battery life, and access to more software and apps than ever before. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this new generation of Mac, and we have no doubt it will help them continue to change the world.”
The MacBook Air will retail for $999, and $899 for education, the Mac Mini will go for $699, and the new MacBook Pro will retail for $1,299, and $100 less for those in education. The Preorders open today, and the products will hit the market next week. The Big Sur operating system, also introduced this summer, will be available on Thursday, November 12.
One big change with the new operating system and new computers, per Apple, is that “all of Apple’s Mac software is now Universal and runs natively for M1 systems,” and that all iPhone and iPad apps will be able to run on Macs.
Due to the pandemic, Apple did not hold in-person events this year, and also spread the events out more than it typically does. The World Wide Developers Conference took place virtually, and three events were held in the fall, all of which seemed to be pre-taped from Apple Park in Cupertino.
The first event, “Time Flies,” focused on a pair of new Apple Watches, while the second introduced this year’s long-awaited lineup of iPhones. The third, as expected, was focused on the arrival of the first Apple Silicon Macs, although all of the products will be part of Apple’s offerings this holiday season.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.