Apple has finally unveiled its first chipset for Mac computers known as M1. The company has introduced three new products that feature the latest chipset. These include Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. All the latest Macs deliver up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities, and up to 2x battery life. The new MacBook Pro comes with top-of-the-line features, while the MacBook Air offers improved performance over its predecessors. The Mac mini features an advanced thermal design, which helps in better heat dissipation. Here’s what you need to know about the new lineup of Macs.
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini India price, availability
The Apple Mac mini price is Rs 64,900 for the 256GB variant, while the 512GB option is priced at Rs 84,900. The MacBook Air price India price is Rs 92,900 for 256GB option, while the 512GB model is priced at Rs 1,17,900. The 13-inch MacBook Pro price in India is Rs 1,22,900 for 256GB model and the 512GB SSD option is priced at Rs 1,42,900. All the three Macs are available for order from Apple online store. They will be made available in the country pretty soon.
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro specifications
The company has introduced new 13-inch MacBook Pro that comes loaded with the latest Apple M1 chipset. The latest laptop comes loaded with some top-of-the-line specifications and features. To start with, it offers a new active cooling system which is 2.8x faster than the previous generation of MacBook Pro lineup. The company claims that with the M1 chipset, the 13-inch MacBook Pro model is the up to 3x faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in its class. The laptop can deliver up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 20 hours of video playback. The company says that it can deliver up to twice the battery life as compared to the previous generation.
The brand says that the new MacBook Pro can build code in Xcode up to 2.8x faster and render complex 3D title in Final Cut Pro up to 5.9 faster as compared to the previous generation. The laptop can perform ML tasks in Create ML up to 11x faster and one can separate out beats, instrumentals, and vocal tracks from a recording in real-time in djay Pro AI. The laptop support full-quality, 8K ProRes video in DaVinci Resolve without dropping a single frame.
The latest MacBook Pro flaunts a 13.3-inch Retina display with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, 500nits peak brightness, P3 colour gamut. The laptop comes with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. It also features stereo speakers with high dynamic range. The device comes with studio-quality mics for clear recordings and calls. The camera ISP in the M1 chip enables sharper images and more detail in shadows and highlights on video calls. In terms of security, it offers Secure Enclave in M1 and Touch ID. The MacBook Pro features Force Touch trackpad along with Magic Keyboard. It comes with two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support to connect to more peripherals.
Apple MacBook Air specifications
Apple MacBook Air is the company’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. The latest MacBook Air now comes with Apple M1 chipset that drastically improves its performance. The company claims that the new notebook can deliver up to 3.5x faster performance than the previous generation. It also comes with up to an 8-core GPU that is 5x faster than previous MacBook Air models. The laptop comes with 9x faster ML workloads and delivers 2x faster SSD performance. The brand says that Apple M1 present in MacBook Air is faster than the chips in 90 per cent of laptops sold in the past year.
The brand says that the new MacBook Air can export a project for the web in iMovie up to 3x faster. It can also integrate 3D effects into video in Final Cut Pro up to 5x faster. Furthermore, one can use ML-based features like Smart Conform in Final Cur Pro to frame a clip up to 4.3x faster. The laptop now delivers up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback.
The latest MacBook Air also comes with a fanless design and features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit Retina display. The screen comes with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels along with 400nits brightness, P3 colour gamut, and True Tone technology. The laptop comes with 8GB of RAM (configurable up to 16GB) and supports up to 512GB of SSD storage (configurable up to 2TB SSD). In terms of audio, it comes stereo speakers with wide stereo sound and support for Dolby Atoms.
Apple Mac mini specifications
The latest Apple Mac mini also comes with the new M1 chipset. The 8-core CPU offers up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation of Mac mini models. It also features an 8-core GPU that delivers up to 6x increase in graphics performance. ML workloads also take a quantum leap forward with up to 15x faster performance over the previous generation, claims the company.
Apple says that one can compile code in Xcode up to 3x faster with new Mac mini. One can also play a graphics-intensive game like Shadow of the Tomb Raider with up to 4x higher frame rates. One can also render a complex timeline in Final Cut Pro up to 6x faster and utilise ML frameworks like TensorFlow or Create ML. Mac mini also features an advanced thermal design to sustain its breakthrough performance while staying cool and quiet, support for up to two displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution.