The Silicon Mac is officially here. Apple's welcomed its latest chip, the M1 at its One More Thing November event. It's the first of a 'family' of processors that the company will release over the next couple of years. 

The first reviews are in and they are positive. Read: New M1 Macs getting rave reviews. We've also seen some impressive geekbench results for the new M1 Macs.

The M1 is available in three Mac computers: the MacBook Air, Mac Mini and MacBook Pro – all of which will are available to order directly from Apple right now though reseller KRCS already has up to £75 off the range.

Here we're digging into all your burning questions about the latest Mac devices, pricing, and availability.

When will the Silicon Mac be available?

The MacBook Air 13in, MacBook Pro 13in and Mac mini are all available to buy from Apple and other retailers as of 17 November

Keep in mind however, that free delivery from Apple is estimated to arrive between 25 November to 2 December. If you don't want to wait, check out the retailers listed below.

Where to buy MacBook Pro 13 with M1 chip

You can expect the new Silicon MacBook from the following retailers – don't forget KRCS already has up to £75 off the Pro with 512GB storage:

Where to buy MacBook Air 13 with M1 chip

Where to buy Mac mini with M1 chip

How much do the Silicon MacBook Pro, Air, and Mac mini cost?

The good news is the new Mac devices don't get a price hike, despite the M1 upgrade. You also get 10% off with Apple Education pricing across all the models. 

MacBook Air 13in

  • MacBook Air 13 with Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 7‑Core GPU (256GB) - £999/$999/AUD$1,599
  • MacBook Air 13 with Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU (512GB) - £1,249/$1,249/AUD$1,949.00

Education pricing on the MacBook Air 13in with the M1 chip starts at £899/US$899.

Want to know more read our comparison of the new and old MacBook Air: New MacBook Air (Silicon) vs MacBook Air (Intel).

Alternatively, see if you can pick up a deal on an existing MacBook Air: MacBook Air deals

Mac mini

  • Mac mini with Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU 256GB Storage - £699/$699/AUD$1099
  • Mac mini with Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU (512GB) - £899/$899/AUD$1399

Alternatively, see if you can pick up a deal on an existing Mac mini: Mac mini deals

MacBook Pro 13in

  • MacBook Pro 13in with Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU (256GB) - £1299/$1299/AUD$1999
  • MacBook Pro 13in with Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU (512GB) - £1499/$1499/AUD$2299

Alternatively, see if you can pick up a deal on an existing MacBook Pro: MacBook Pro deals

Find out how the M1 MacBook Pro compares to the Intel model here: 13in MacBook Pro (M1) vs MacBook Pro (Intel).

Want to know which MacBook is best for you? Here's more information on the differences between the MacBook Air and Pro.

What is the Apple M1 chip? Is it better?

What is Apple M1 chip?

The M1 is armed with an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU on a single system on a chip (SoC) – which means you can expect great leaps in speed, graphics, and machine learning performance. If you're after quantifiable numbers, that translates to 3.5 times better CPU performance, up to 6 times faster GPU performance, and up to 15 times faster machine learning.

What does that mean in practice? The M1 will allow much faster and smoother video and photo editing, gaming, and software development on the new Macs, which will ship with Big Sur, (the new Mac OS that arrives Thursday 12 November).

The M1 chip is also much more power-efficient. Apple boasted that the M1 offers the "world's best CPU performance per watt". This means battery life gets a boost too, allowing the new MacBook laptops to last up to twice as long. Thankfully, the upgrades come without a leap in price.

Read more about the M1 chip here: How good is Apple's M1 chip really?

In the meantime see our Mac buying guide to see which Apple computer is right for you. And with Black Friday arriving 27 November, here's how to get the best Apple deals.