How Apple’s custom chips are making high-end Macs more efficient

Apr 16, 2023, 6:29 PM UTC
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How Apple's custom chips are making high-end Macs more efficient
2023 14-inch MacBook Pro. (Courtesy of Apple)

Apple Silicon has been making waves in the tech industry since its announcement in 2020. With impressive performance gains and increased efficiency, the transition to Apple‘s custom chips has been a significant move for the company. In a recent interview with The Independent, Doug Brooks, a member of Apple’s product marketing team, shed some light on the motivations behind the transition and its impact on the Mac lineup.

Brooks explained that the success of Apple’s custom chips in the iPhone and iPad gave the company a “tremendous belief on where that could take the Mac.” The trajectory of the technology was “amazing,” and after working generation over generation to improve capabilities, Apple had a “tremendous trajectory to believe Apple Silicon could be transformative.” This confidence led to the decision to transition to Apple Silicon, and the results have been impressive.

The new Mac lineup powered by Apple Silicon has been lauded for its performance and efficiency. Brooks emphasized that the Mac product line being built today is “the best we’ve ever had,” and the “incredible performance and power efficiency” provided by Apple Silicon is a significant reason for this success. The technology has allowed for increased power and performance while simultaneously improving energy efficiency, resulting in longer battery life and cooler operation.

One question that arises with the transition to Apple Silicon is how it will impact higher-end computers, such as the Mac Pro. Brooks was asked if there were any “disadvantages” to high-end Macs getting the “advantages of a mobile chip, in the form of extra efficiency, and more.” Brooks responded that he did not think so, as the increased efficiency provided by Apple Silicon is a significant advantage for the entire Mac lineup.

The benefits of increased efficiency go beyond longer battery life and cooler operation. It can also lead to cost savings for consumers as they require less power to operate. Additionally, improved efficiency means that devices can be designed to be thinner and lighter, making them more portable and convenient to use.

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