Apple released a new generation of mac laptops on November 11, replacing the Intel chip used for years by their own-developed M1 chip.
Using a 5nm process similar to its mobile phone SOC (system on chip), M1 has 16 billion transistors and integrates the CPU, GPU, and cache into one chip. Apple claimed that M1 performs better with certain TDP (Thermal Design Power) consumption.
Giving up the intel chips， Apple is taking control of their own rhythm and putting the bet on their own developing-groups.
Meanwhile, the average improvement of Intel chips is far lower from expectations. From i7-870 in 2009 to i7-7700K in 2016, the average performance improvement is about only 5%.
Just like Apple said, “this isn’t an upgrade. It’s a breakthrough.”
Source from: Apple