Vice President of Platform Architecture, Tim Millet, and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Bob Borchers, did a video conference with the YouTube channel, The Tech Chap, to discuss the internals of the M1 and new products with Apple Silicon.
“The M1 is a giant leap in terms of performance for Macs,” says Borchers. And in real terms, whether it’s battery life, graphics performance, or CPU. We are talking about improvements of several integers with respect to previous generations ”.
Millet, a team member working at Apple Silicon, explained how the performance benefits achieved on the M1 are derived from the Platform Architecture work done on Apple’s A-series chips.
“What we knew when we started thinking about building chips for the iPhone is that they were beautiful, lightweight pieces of art created by our industrial design team,” says Millet. “We do not have to ask that they increase the size of the product or increase the battery to offer better performance.”
The Millet team’s job was to “figure out how to deliver that performance without system limitations” adding that performance that is not delivered to the real world within those limitations is “just worthless.”
When asked about possible consumer confusion about the differences between Apple Silicon and Mac chips, Borchers says the first step with the M1 was to bring the proprietary chip design to some of Apple’s most popular models.
“It’s a transition that will take time, so there will be products where we will continue to offer Intel processors and additional options,” says Borchers.
Some of those additional options could be users who need four USB ports on their laptops, or users who want to expand the internal memory up to 32GB.
When asked if the Apple M1 will be a 10W or 15W chip, Millet says “I think you’ll see across the machines we announced yesterday that the M1 will max out on each of the different products.”
As an example, the M1 can fit into the MacBook Air case. But by adding a fan to them, like the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini, users will have a different level of performance, ”adds Millet.
At another point in the interview, Millet also talks about how the M1’s unified memory brings a number of benefits over traditional RAM.
“The CPU has a more extensive memory system to allow multi-threaded applications on all eight cores. We are going to have unlimited memory bandwidth ”adds Millet. “And the GPU has a high-capacity system with broadband.”
When asked if Apple is still “Intel’s Friend” Borchers says the two companies continue to have “a great relationship” and that Apple plans to introduce “very impressive Intel systems.”
The interview It lasts half an hour and is worth being seen by anyone who wants to learn more about the M1 and how it works.