Mac Air、Mac Mini 和 13 英寸 MacBook Pro 都使用该公司基于 ARM 的新 M1 芯片进行刷新。此举是从英特尔芯片和苹果硅转型的开始，预计需要两年时间。
Bajarin 评论道："一大症结是，他们总是依靠英特尔的下一代处理器来驱动下一代 Mac。"这总是令人沮丧的。
"现在，"他继续说，"通过使 Mac 拥有自己的 CPU，他们可以使其更节能、更安全，并且可以与永远无法与其他公司制造的处理器配合的操作系统连接。
苹果称，CPU是上一代处理器的3.5倍，GPU的图形速度高达5倍;神经引擎的速度比英特尔 Mac 快九倍。
M1 具有 8 核 CPU，由四个高性能内核和四个高效内核组成。
他告诉TechNewsWorld："苹果对其性能做出了一些大胆的宣称，但除非人们动手操作机器并进行独立测试，否则我们并不确定这些说法。"这就是为什么在我们接受 Kool - Aid 之前， 等待第三方验证苹果的主张总是好的。
ARM 处理器主要用于移动设备，以延长电池寿命而广为人知。M1 似乎就是这种情况，新款 MacBook Air 和 MacBook Pro 的电池续航时间在 15 到 20 小时之间。
对于Air and Pro， 事实并非如此。他们以目前999美元和1299美元的价格出售。然而，Mini的价格跌至699美元。
"他们似乎想在服务器场和专业应用等场所扩大Mini的可地址市场，"Reticle Research首席分析师罗斯·鲁宾（Ross Rubin）指出。
Vena 说："通常，您必须等待三、四天或一周才能在公告后订购，然后在公告发布后等待 10 天才能交货。"看起来他们的供应链已经确定。
Apple Takes Chipset Matters Into Its Own Hands
By John P. Mello Jr. Nov 11, 2020 4:00 AM PT
Apple pulled the wraps off its first computer models based on its new Apple Silicon chip at an online event aired Tuesday.
The Mac Air, Mac Mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro are all being refreshed with the company's new ARM-based M1 chip. The move is the beginning of a transition, expected to take two years, away from Intel chips and to Apple Silicon.
"One thing Apple likes to do is control their own destiny," explained Tim Bajarin, president or Creative Strategies, a technology advisory firm in Campbell, Calif.
"This is the last big piece of the puzzle for Apple," he told TechNewsWorld. "They finally have a CPU that they created and they control."
He noted that Apple has always coveted having their own chipset, rather than depending on companies like Motorola or Intel for processors.
"One big sticking point was they were always relying on Intel's next generation processors to drive the next generation Mac," Bajarin commented. "That was always frustrating."
"Now," he continued, "by having their own CPU for the Mac, they can make it more power efficient, more secure, and they can tie it to their own operating systems in ways that they could never do with processors made by other companies."
Apple's M1 silicon jams on a single chip an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU and 16-core neural engine.
According to Apple, the CPU is 3.5 times faster than previous generation processors, the GPU produces up to five times faster graphics; and the neural engine is nine times faster than those in Intel Macs.
Those claims, though, haven't been independently verified yet.
M1 features an 8-core CPU consisting of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
"We should see a bunch of independent, third-party benchmark test results next week, which should tell us what works well and what does not," observed Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst with Tirias Research.
"Apple made some bold claims about performance, but until people get their hands on the machines and do independent tests we won't know for sure about those claims," he told TechNewsWorld. "That's why it's always good to wait for third parties to validate Apple's claims before we drink the Kool-Aid."
Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, maintained that M1's performance is nearly impossible to gauge because Apple didn't provide any detailed substantiation around any of the performance claims it made.
"I think these should be scrutinized extensively as I believe the CPU benchmarks are likely measured using very synthetic benchmarks like GeekBench," he said in a statement.
Mini Pricing Surprise
ARM processors, which are primarily used in mobile devices, are known for prolonging battery life. That seems to be the case with the M1, with battery life in the 15 to 20 hour range for the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
"The battery life promises are astounding," observed another analyst with Moor Insights, Mark N. Vena.
"Apple can do that by not only using its own silicon, but by optimizing integration with the Big Sur operating system," he told TechNewsWorld.
Before the Apple event, there was speculation that Apple might pass on the savings from making its own silicon to consumers in the form of lower prices.
For the Air and Pro, that wasn't the case. They're selling at their current prices of $999 and $1,299 respectively. However, the Mini's price tag dipped to $699.
"They seem to be wanting to expand the addressable market for the Mini in places like server farms and specialty applications," noted Ross Rubin, the principal analyst at Reticle Research.
"If you pair it with a cheap keyboard and monitor, it's the least expensive way to get into the Apple Silicon market," he told TechNewsWorld.
"I think the Mini could be surprise hit of all this," added Bob O'Donnell, founder and chief analyst with Technalysis Research.
"If I'm curious about ARM-based Macs," he told TechNewsWorld, "the Mini is the perfect way to experiment."
More Value, Same Price
Rubin explained that launching Apple Silicon in some of the more affordable products in the Mac line should get more products with the M1 chip in them into the market faster and speed along the migration from Intel chips.
"One way to get developers to support the new chip is to show them the transition is happening quickly," he said.
Rubin added that the pricing of the Air and Pro is value-driven. "Why should you be paying less when you're getting all the benefits of the previous architecture and far better performance and battery life? And in the case of the MacBook Air, no fan," he reasoned.
Still, O'Donnell said there is some disappointment about the pricing. "Some people were hoping they would hit some more mainstream pricing, like $799."
For consumers who can't wait to get their hands on one of the new models, Apple is being very accommodating. They can order a unit this week and have it by next week.
"Usually you have to wait three or four days or a week to order after an announcement and then 10 days after that to get delivery," Vena observed. "It looks like they have their supply chain in gear."
As Apple did when it transitioned from Motorola to Intel chips, it will include software, Rosetta 2, that enables legacy applications to run on the new Macs.
"We're following a familiar playbook from Apple in terms of how it handled that last transition, which worked out very well for them," Rubin said.
However, Moorhead felt Apple didn't mention enough about legacy apps at its event. "The company didn't talk a lot about compatibility either," he said, "but did make some giant claims that Rosetta 2 could play your favorite games."
"I find that nearly impossible," he continued, "as the new GPU doesn't have the higher-end quality features found in AMD, Intel and NVIDIA's new GPUs."
Although 5G connectivity wasn't mentioned at the event, David McQueen, a research director at ABI Research, believes that's in the future for Apple Silicon.
"This move could also signal a significant step for Apple toward 5G integration and 'always-on' connectivity in its notebooks," he told TechNewsWorld.
"The shift could pave the way to making it easier for all of Apple's devices to enable 5G connectivity, potentially providing tight integration with its own 5G modems in the future," he said.
"If such a move were to come to fruition," he continued, "it would boost the drive to create a 5G always-on notebook market."
原文作者：John P. Mello Jr.