Teardown of M1-powered MacBook Air and Pro shows very little has changed

20 November 2020
The Pro even uses the exact same fan as the Intel-powered laptop. The Air, of course, has no fan, Apple just put a block of aluminum in its place.

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Last paragraph needs a different perspective. There is little change because the previous Macbooks were planned/designed to have the M1 chip, this the reason the Intel Macbook air only has a 10W TDP and with its fan far from the heatsink

  • Fahad

Lasuto, 20 Nov 2020The raw power is amazing, yes, but sadly it'll be usel... moreMost devs weren't targeting MacOS anyway as they haven't traditionally been that powerful. The new ones are 4-5x more powerful so you'll probably see more stuff targeting Macbook now.

  • RD

They should've made this an iPad with macOS... Why waste so much power efficiency on a laptop?

Lasuto, 20 Nov 2020The raw power is amazing, yes, but sadly it'll be usel... moreBut then again, no one really bought a macbook for gaming

Annas, 20 Nov 2020They just made another level of RAW compute power at an ano... moreThe raw power is amazing, yes, but sadly it'll be useless, at least for gaming. Not until devs are porting their AAA games to work on ARM or Apple gives heavy incentives for them to do so.

  • Annas

With incredible battery

  • Annas

Not to mention that my windows laptop at 52W under heavy load the keyboard heats up to 46-47C while on my M1 mac heats up to 37C

  • Annas

They just made another level of RAW compute power at an another level of power efficiency
On my all test done in the last 2 days, my M1 macbook , at 28W draw at power outlet, outperform in raw cpu power and is on par with my 1050 TI dGpu that at power outlet draw up to 52 W !!

For tech people knows what i mean
Ask me everything about M1

Romeo, 20 Nov 2020"cause a wheel made of rubber is definitely better tha... moreA fan is a fan. It makes absolutely no sense to redesign things when chip is also a chip. You just need to tune the fan curve since it's more efficient and you don't need to spin it so hard. Do you know how expensive it is to design a custom part, send it for mass production and use it in products? Or just use one that you've been using for years and you know it works well. Not to mention it means you'll find replacement parts easier for such things that can be rather easily replaced by user, because they exist and are made by 3rd parties too. Opposed to waiting to get new parts on the market again. Just saying.

  • Romeo

RejZoR, 20 Nov 2020I mean, realistically, why reinvent a wheel when you can ju... more"cause a wheel made of rubber is definitely better that a wheel made of wood" its a brand new type of wheel, you see what I mean mate?

  • Romeo

Jason, 20 Nov 2020They say it doesnt need a fan...lol. If you don’t think it ... moreI can smell hate in the air!

  • Jason

They say it doesnt need a fan...lol. If you don’t think it needs a fan, I have a bridge to sell you.

  • Icecoldart

RejZoR, 20 Nov 2020I mean, realistically, why reinvent a wheel when you can ju... moreYeah I think that this whole move to an ARM Chip was a BIG ENOUGH transition in itself, so they stick with true and tested. I suppose the next macbook pro will be both 14 inch mini led witch a redesigned motherboard layout, They could put a bigger batterry in it in the future as well. Yet then it would be heavier and the run times on the M1 are next to incredible, so why even bother... :P.

I mean, realistically, why reinvent a wheel when you can just tune the fan curve a bit and you're done. The stuff is tested, no need to make things from scratch just to say "it's new".