‘One more thing event’ What is the New Device?

November 11, 2020

Photo Credit: Image from Apple Event

Introduction:

 

After yesterdays Blog on the ‘One more thing event’, Apple has announced what Apple Fans have been waiting for. On the 10th of November 2020, at the following times, 10 am PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM GMT, Fan’s watched Apple announce the latest product news.

 

What was in the event? 

A new Chip

 

As mentioned in our other blog, Apple has been looking at replacing the Mac chips from Intel to their very own, built by Apple. In the event, Apple showed off the first Mac’s that will be moving chip make, which will be the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini!

 

If you missed yesterday’s event or struggled to understand all the new information that Apple provided us, then you can watch the whole thing again using the video below. (click here to be taken to video)

 

As mentioned previously, Apple has for a time now been developing their very own chips, just as they have done for the iPad, iPhone and Apple watch. With the same movement being put forward to the Mac’s we should be seeing the newer performance and longer-lasting device power.

 

Whereas before Apple has used Intel chips, they are now using their chip which they’ve called the “M1”.

 

The new specifications for the chip are listed below:

 

  • 8-core CPU (4 high-performance, 4 high-efficiency)
  • Up to 8-core GPU
  • 16 billion transistors
  • Apple’s Secure Enclave system built-in
  • Thunderbolt/USB 4 support

Photo Credit: Image from Apple Event

IOS Apps coming to Mac

Apple first spoke about this feature in June at the WWDC. There will soon be introducing IOS apps on MAC, allowing you to play all your favourite mobile games on PC. During the demonstration, Apple showed HBO Max and Among Us (IOS version) running on the macOS.

Photo Credit: Image from Apple Event

M1- powered Macbook Air 

Part of the new “One more thing announcement” includes the return of the Macbook Air. This time it comes back with a huge difference. The first-ever Macbook Air to have an M1-powered chip inside. Another huge difference to this is the new Macbook Air will be fan-less, providing a much quieter experience.

 

Apple has said during the show that the Macbook Air will be 3.5 x faster than its predecessor and thanks to the new fan-less design, users can experience a silent device. Apple mentioned the Macbook air will have 15 hours of battery life when web browsing and 18 hours of battery if watching videos. The Macbook air will have a 13.3” display, 2TB’s worth of SSD storage, touch ID, Thunderbolt/ USB 4, Wi-Fi 6 and has a starting price of $999 (£756 converted) or if in education $899 (£681 converted).

    Photo Credit: Image from techcrunch.com

    M1-powered Mac Mini

    As well as the Macbook Air, the “One more Thing Event” announced the return of the Mac Mini, this time coming with a power difference thanks to the new M1 chip. The good news is that this device will be dropping its price by $100 to $699 (£529 converted).

     

    The Mac Mini will have a 2TB SSD and 16GB’s of memory included. As for the ports, it’ll have 2 USB-A ports, 2 USB-c Ports (with thunderbolt/USB 4 support) a 3.5 mm headphone jack, HDMI 2.0 and a gigabit ethernet connection.

    Photo Credit: Image from Apple Event

    M1-powered Macbook pro 

    Finally, the last device announced by Apple at the “One more thing event” was the Macbook Pro. A very popular device amongst Apple fan’s, which will now become even more popular thanks to its M1 chip. The new chip will increase the battery like up to 17 hours when web browsing and 20 hours when watching videos. Similar to the Macbook Air, it’ll have a 13.3” display, 2TB SSD storage and 16GB of memory. The Macbook Pro will also have TouchID, WiFi6, Thunderbolt/USB 4 support and a touch bar. You can get the Macbook Pro, starting at $1,299 (£984 converted) or if you’re in education $1,199 (£908 converted).

    Photo Credit: Image from techcrunch.com

    MacOS Update 

     

    To finish off this article, we cannot forget to mention a major macOS update, to version 11.0. Apple has decided to call this Big Sur, which was announced back in June at WWDC. Apple will be releasing this on November 12th.

     

    That is all that was mentioned at the “One more thing event” but if you want to watch it again, don’t forget you can watch the video below to see it all again.

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