Unleashing Apple's M Processors
by Lyndon Doyle - Thu 29 Jun 2023
Back in November 2020 Apple released their first devices to feature their own M1 processors. This was a changing point for the company which up to this point had released the majority of their hardware with a long-standing partnership with Intel.
Ultimately Apple already had experience with their own A series processors which have been integrated into their iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices, so it felt like the next logical step for them to use their font of knowledge and bring the technology across to their Notebook and Desktop ranges as well.
At the time it was a large blow to Intel, as they had been working together for 15 years, but with Apple wanting to push their hardware, increase power saving capabilities and own architecture themselves, this was the next big step and since the had invested so much already, it made sense to them.
So what makes the Apple M processors so much better? Well, the simple version of this is efficiency, performance and better integration of apps across devices!
Apple's M processors, distinct from their mobile counterparts, utilise ARM technology rather than Intel's x86 architecture. This distinction can be likened to a well-organised assembly of parts and components, seamlessly integrated to create a functional device. With Apple assuming full control over the manufacturing process, they can now execute it in a logical and efficient manner, free from reliance on a third-party chip provider. This newfound autonomy eliminates the need to wait for external chips and subsequently build upon them, streamlining the entire production process while minimising potential complications and delays that could hinder innovation.
Over the years leading up to that change Intel struggled with major changes with their CPUs going from 10nm > 7nm, Apple did better still, making their processors 5nm. In simple terms, with less distance and a smaller space to cover, the M series of processors can work faster and smarter which results in quicker response times, faster loading and as already mentioned, better battery life for portable devices.
But what about the drawbacks, you may ask? As is common with any new hardware, there were initial issues to contend with. Some apps and programs lacked compatibility, leading to crashes and disruptions. However, as time passed and the M Processor settled in, it has gained widespread adoption and compatibility with mainstream usage. Moreover, the continuous release of optimised apps over the years has greatly enhanced its performance, promising a prosperous future for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.
Since the original release Apple has gone on to release the M2 processor in July 2022, already this year they have refined and released newer versions of the processor called M2 Pro along with M2 Max in January and in June the M2 Ultra to push themselves further into specialist market for graphic designers and video editors so we wonder what will come next!
When it comes to portability, Apple's products undoubtedly excel. Imagine having a notebook that effortlessly powers through your entire workday without requiring a charge. Picture a compact mini computer that combines speed, power, and near-silent operation, occupying minimal space on your desk. Envision a professional workstation that renders and computes tasks up to 7.6 times faster than its predecessor. Apple undeniably knows how to create products that are not only technologically advanced but also visually a-peel-ing, making them a compelling choice for the future. (Pun intended, apologies!).