How Apple came up with the performance information, which shows a multiple of performance, is now also known. Apple updated the product pages again and documents what the values refer to. Among other things, the compilation of a project with Xcode 12.2 and the export of a 55-second clip (4K 60 fps Apple ProRes RAW) with Final Cut Pro were measured.
Mac mini (Store: )
In the case of the Mac mini, it is said that it offers 3x more performance and 6x better graphics performance. The newly added footnote explains: The test refers to a “preproduction Mac mini” with M1 and a Mac mini with Intel Core i3 at 3.6 GHz and four cores, 16 GB RAM and a 2 TB SSD.
MacBook Air (Store: )
If you look at the MacBook Air, there is talk of 3.5x better computing power and 5x more graphics performance. A look at the footnote: The quoted “up to” information compares an M1-based MacBook with the Intel version, which is based on a Core i7. With a clock rate of 1.2 GHz and four processor cores, this also had 16 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage.
MacBook Pro 13 “: Comparison with the smaller Intel variant (Store: )
Last but not least the MacBook Pro 13 “, which from now on also relies on the M1 chip. 2.8x more CPU and 5x more GPU performance are possible compared to a 1.7 GHz quad-core i7. However, Apple is pulling this the entry-level model and not the versions with a Core i5 or Core i7 of the tenth generation with clock rates of up to 2.3 GHz.The latter can still be ordered via the online store – it will be interesting to see how the M1 and Intel will perform Then beat the versions in the first benchmark tests.