The Apple M1 chip is probably one of the hottest new things to come out in the world of mobile tech in the last year. We are used to being excited about stellar cameras or pristine screens, but when Apple announced that the M1 is coming to the latest iteration of the iPad Pro, we were pumped.
But what it’s really valued for is its low power consumption. The M1 MacBook Air became an instant hit and users love it for the massive boost it provides in battery life over the Intel chip models. The new iPad Pros are also really, really tough to kill, regularly giving us 10 hours of heavy (multitask) usage.
Battery life is an extremely important quality for devices meant to be worked on the go, so with the M1 having such an amazing performance per watt ratio, it quickly became a hit.
Here’s the funny part — even some people at Apple couldn’t believe it.
“[When we] played with it for a few hours and the battery didn’t move, we thought “Oh man, that’s a bug, the battery indicator is broken” — he said. However, Tim Cook was in the room with him and found the reaction pretty funny. “Nope, that’s the way it’s supposed to be”, Mr. Cook replied.
Years in the making
After seeing the success of the Apple A silicon, Cupertino got to work on the M1 with a very clear goal in mind — it needs to be noticeably better than what Intel has to offer. After all, why spend all the time on R&D and making your own silicon if it will make little difference in the end?
Well, the M1 arrived with a splash. The tech community is currently excited over rumors about a possible Apple M1X chip, which would allegedly power the next 16″ MacBook Pro, and we’ve been hearing whispers about an Apple M2 in 2022. Will they deliver a massive performance boost compared to the M1? I would wager not, but who knows — we might be pleasantly surprised yet again.