At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2020, Apple announced it would begin shipping Macs with its own custom Apple Silicon processors instead of Intel chips, something that was confirmed at the company’s “One More Thing” event in November. These chips are based on ARM designs, something Apple already uses in its iPhones and iPads.

Since then, Apple Silicon Macs — kitted out with the company’s M1 chips — have made a massive splash in the industry, winning rave reviews all round. But why did Apple make this change? And what can you expect from a new Apple Silicon Mac? We have the answers to your questions right here.

According to Apple, moving away from Intel was about creating the next era of products. In its iPad and iPhone chips over the years, Apple claims it has developed the most energy-efficient chips in the world, that consume less power while also providing better performance. It wants to apply this efficiency, along with other advanced features, to a new “family of Mac SoCs” (system on a chip) in these new products.

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