Apple just unveiled the first computers that will run on its new homemade Apple silicon chip, kickstarting a new era for the Mac that will make the company’s laptops and desktops a lot more like the iPhone.
Apple revealed that a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini desktop will be the first Apple silicon-powered computers. It also unveiled the chip itself: M1, which joins the family of processors Apple has made for other key products like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
It also showcased how iPhone and iPad apps will be able to run on laptops powered by its new M1 chip.
Developing its own chips for the Mac is a crucial step that will give Apple more control and flexibility over both the launch cycle and the features it develops for its laptops and desktops. It also represents a departure from Apple’s long-running relationship with Intel.
The shift has enabled Apple to make the Mac software experience more consistent with that of the iPhone and iPad since all apps will run on the same architecture. That means iPhone apps will be capable of running on Apple silicon-powered Macs.