Everything you ever wanted to know about the Apple M1 (and more)
Maynard Handley, a former Apple QuickTime developer, has provided a preliminary examination of Apple’s M1 system on a chip (SoC). Handley hopes that the research he has given will allow others to spend less time spinning the wheel and more time learning about Apple’s next-generation hardware when it is released.
Handley’s technical analysis involved multiple experiments, and lots of reading up on Apple patents and related literature. It’s the kind of thorough dive that’s likely to appeal mainly to experienced hardware fans and engineers — we’re talking 350 pages here, and this is only version 0.70.
If you recall, Apple stated ambitions to transition to bespoke ARM-based technology in mid-2020. The first devices powered by the new M1 SoC arrived in time for the holidays, outperforming standard x86 CPUs from Intel and AMD in terms of performance and efficiency.
As Tom’s Hardware correctly highlights, Apple’s walled-garden approach has made it somewhat difficult for those outside of Apple’s ecosystem to get excited about the M1 SoC considering it only works with an Apple operating system. That said, there has been progress on that front, as a group recently managed to boot into Linux using an M1.
The 350-page PDF (version 0.70) is available to download and do with as you wish.
As for the rumored M2, most expect it’ll arrive in the first half of 2022, perhaps inside of a redesigned MacBook Air. An M1X is also said to be in the works for higher-end Macs.