Apple announced the M1 chip, and the MacBook Air 13-inch version is one of the first Macs to use this chip, and I believe it will be the most popular one. Here is the focus of deconstructing the MacBook Air M1 version for everyone.
Look exactly the same
The M1 version and the x86 version of MacBook Air are almost the same in appearance, the size is exactly the same, and the weight is the same.
The 8-core CPU of the M1 chip is 3.5 times faster than the previous generation, and can balance high-efficiency cores and energy-saving cores, and can handle daily tasks with only one-tenth of the power. M1's GPU image processing efficiency is 5 times faster than the previous generation.
The M1 rotation speed is 3.9 times faster than the previous generation x86
The rendering speed of M1's 3D subtitles is 5.3 times faster than the previous generation x86
On the screen, the MacBook Air M1 version also uses a 13.3-inch LED Retina Display with the x86 version, but the M1 version specifically supports the P3 wide color gamut that was previously only available on the MacBook Pro, so the M1 version has a better screen than the x86 version.
MacBook Air M1 version screen supports P3 wide color gamut
The appearance of the M1 version of MacBook Air is the same as the x86 version of MacBook Air. The main improvement is the use of the M1 processor, which has greatly improved performance and endurance than before.
The M1 version can play movies for 18 hours, while the x86 version can only play 12 hours. In terms of online time, the M1 version can last 15 hours, while the x86 version only has 11 hours. This shows the advantages of M1 in terms of energy saving.
Up to 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD
The M1 version of MacBook Air is equipped with up to 16GB of unified memory. This single memory pool with high bandwidth and low latency allows each app to effectively share data between the CPU, GPU and neural network engine, making everything you do fast and smooth . As for SSD, the entry-level supports 256GB, and the maximum can be 2TB.
Improved front lens
Although the front lens of the MacBook Air M1 version is still 720p, the M1 chip makes its picture quality even better, which can achieve noise reduction, improved automatic white balance, wider dynamic range, and enhanced face detection capabilities.
WiFi 6, USB 4 support
The M1 version has integrated WiFi 6 802.11ax and Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, while the x86 version of MacBook Air only supports 802.11ac and Thunderbolt 3.
The MacBook Air M1 version does not have a fan, and only uses an aluminum metal radiator to drive the system's heat. The advantage is that the MacBook Air remains silent. However, it is estimated that there will be a slight gap in performance relative to MacBook Pro due to heat dissipation.
MacBook Air uses a fanless cooling design
Available iOS/iPadOS App
The MacBook Air M1 version uses the new Apple Silicon processor. In addition to the Mac App Store dedicated apps, it can also use some iOS/iPad Apps and even some iOS games on macOS Big Sur.