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 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. Amazon already has up to £106 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
- Amazon - up to £106 off
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis
- KRCS - up to £65 off
- Best Buy (US)
Where to buy MacBook Air 13 with M1 chip
- John Lewis
- Currys PC World
- KRCS - up to £49.94 off
- Best Buy - Save $50 on Apple Care
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 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).
What is the Apple M1 chip? Is it better?
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?