At its “One more thing” event on November 10th, Apple released its first Apple Silicon chip for the Mac called M1, the chip Apple claims is the fastest CPU its ever made. In the first of a 2-year long transition to move its entire Mac lineup to its own SOC, Apple updated the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with the M1 chip.
Apple has relied on Intel for its Mac processors since 2005, but that relationship started to see an end at WWDC in June when Apple announced it’s transitioning the Mac away from Intel, onto its own Silicon. The whole transition will take 2 years according to CEO Tim Cook, but it’s already underway.
Following the launch of the M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Air yesterday, Apple has discontinued all Intel versions of the MacBook Air. Apple now only offers the MacBook Air running the M1 chip starting at a base price of $999. Despite Apple also updating the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini with the M1 chip, it continues to offer them with Intel-based versions.