Apple’s M1 Is Exceeding Expectations

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Reviews are starting to pour in of Apple’s MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini featuring the new M1 ARM-based processor — and they’re overwhelmingly positive. “As with the Air, the Pro’s performance exceeds expectations,” writes Nilay Patel via The Verge.

“Apple’s next chapter offers strong performance gains, great battery and starts at $999,” says Brian Heater via TechCrunch.

“When Apple said it would start producing Macs with its own system-on-chip processors, custom CPU and GPU silicon (and a bunch of other stuff) to replace parts from Intel and AMD, we figured it would be good. I never expected it would be this good,” says Jason Cross in his review of the MacBook Air M1.

“The M1 is a serious, serious contender for one of the all-time most efficient and highest-performing architectures we’ve ever seen deploy,” says ExtremeTech’s Joel Hruska.

“Spending a few days with the 2020 Mac mini has shown me that it’s a barnburner of a miniature desktop PC,” writes Chris Welch via The Verge. “It outperforms most Intel Macs in several benchmarks, runs apps reliably, and offers a fantastic day-to-day experience whether you’re using it for web browsing and email or for creative editing and professional work. That potential will only grow when Apple inevitably raises the RAM ceiling and (hopefully) brings back those missing USB ports…”

“Quibbling about massively parallel workloads — which the M1 wasn’t designed for — aside, Apple has clearly broken the ice on high-performance ARM desktop and laptop designs,” writes Jim Salter via Ars Technica. “Yes, you can build an ARM system that competes strongly with x86, even at very high performance levels.”

“The M1-equipped MacBook Air now packs far better performance than its predecessors, rivaling at times the M1-based MacBook Pro. At $999, it’s the best value among macOS laptops,” concludes PCMag.

“For developers, the Apple Silicon Macs also represent the very first full-fledged Arm machines on the market that have few-to-no compromises. This is a massive boost not just for Apple, but for the larger Arm ecosystem and the growing Arm cloud-computing business,” writes Andrei Frumusanu via AnandTech. “Overall, Apple hit it out of the park with the M1.”

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