Apple M1 Chips, choose your level

24th November 2021

Apple’s M1 Chips: Choose Your Power Level

Stan Milanovich

The latest Macs now come with the coveted M1 chip from Apple Silicon. These amazing SoCs (system on a chip) create a new architecture which enables Macs to deliver never before seen speeds and power efficiency.

Apple has now also released two new M1 chips. In addition to the standard M1 chip, there is now also the M1 Pro and the M1 Max.

The great thing about the M1 range of chips is how they allow customers such a varied choice in power levels.

The perfect balance of power and efficiency

All the Macs with M1 chips are extremely fast. This is the big element that everyone has noticed. With seamless data sharing, thanks to integrated CPU and GPU systems on one chip, the M1 chips offer revolutionary speed. What has been particularly impressive in the performance of the latest Macs with the new chips is the excellent balance between speed, power, and efficiency.

In days gone by, these features tended to be a difficult compromise. Hungry programmes often demanded lots of power, putting pressure on speed and especially power efficiency. They would require lots of cooling.

The M1 chip has done an impressive job of combining power and speed while keeping Macs light and cool. They don’t drain as much power as other high performing computers, which results in incredible battery life.

M1 Max

However, power requirements differ wildly, especially in particular industries. The Macs with M1 are very attractive to businesses. Companies require the best performing machines and high productivity, making the speed of the M1 invaluable. Yet every business’s power needs are different.

In sectors that require more power, such as graphic design, programming, and scientific research, there are going to be higher expectations. Whereas in other industries affordability and portability might be the most important features of business hardware.

The M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max chips allow companies to choose their power level to match their staff’s roles.

More M1 More Power

M1 chips are now available in Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac, and iPad Pro.

M1 Pro chips and M1 Mac chips are currently available in the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

Apple MacBooks M1 chip

The M1 Pro and Max chips are larger than the standard M1. They essentially scale up the smart architecture found in the standard M1. That means more cores, more memory storage, and more transistors. M1 Pro and M1 Max ramp up speed and power while keeping energy consumption far lower than other computers of the same power levels. This makes them unique on the market. Businesses will be particularly interested in the energy cost savings in addition to the performance.

The range of power choices can let businesses pick different machines for their different departments based on needs.

So, if M1 is so good, why make M1 Pro and Max?

Because every business is different. The Macs with original M1 are indeed very fast and high performing. They are highly suited to a business setting. However, all industries are different and using graphic design tech and complex programmes to design 3D structures in a new city layout has different requirements to accounting work or standard admin. M1 Pro and M1 Max bring enormous power levels that would go to waste in some roles. By having M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple makes it easy for different businesses to choose the power levels that they require.

If you’re unsure how much power your staff require to do their jobs to the best of their abilities, then Hardsoft can offer an evaluation to help you choose the right devices for your lease.

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