M1 MacBook Air beats 10-core iMac Pro in building apps within Xcode

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Apple SIlicon Macs are now in the hands of customers, alongside reviews and unboxing videos going live. Past Geekbench scores have proved that these new machines with the M1 chip is a powerhouse, but it’s truly just getting started.

For developers, Macs are their machines to build the millions of apps on the App Store using Xcode, and luckily for them, the new Macs shine. As iMore reports, the new M1 MacBook Air with 16GB of RAM can build apps in Xcode faster than a 10-core iMac Pro with 32GB of RAM. Per the report:

We learn this from Dave Lee’s review of the new M1 Macs in which he shares a slide that outlines the time it took a number of machines to complete a build in Xcode. Some of those machines are big, powerful machines like the 10-core, 32GB iMac Pro. Others are the lowly, fanless MacBook Air.

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Obviously, even if the differences are rather narrow, it’s a testimony to Apple’s talented in-house chip team being able to outperform a professional desktop computer, with more cores and more RAM in a laptop that is one of the thinnest in the world.

You check out our round-up of the new reviews here, or our coverage of past M1 Geekbench scores here.

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