The Inside Story of Apple’s M1 Chip

Apple M1 SoC

Apple senior engineers and executives told The Independent how Apple’s M1 chip came to be.

The Story of Apple’s M1 Chip

• Along with the excitement of the launch of dramatic new hardware comes the fascinating interviews with senior Apple engineers and executives that provide insights into the product. For the M1, Apple has chosen The Independent . See: “How Apple Made Its New M1 Chip, The Latest Macbooks – And Used Its Past To Decide Its Future.

It [M1] is not just a futuristic design, but the foundations for all of the following technologies that are to come.

It’s definitely not an abandoning of the Mac, Apple says – the company is regularly accused of leaving its computers behind in favour of its bigger revenue items such as the iPhone, and it has denied it every time. It is also not an effort to change what the Mac means, the company says, but rather to propel it even more quickly down the path it has begun.

Apple really wants you to know that it loves the Mac just how it is.

[Apple Silicon Now Has a Name: M1. And It’s Impressive]

This is a major, major article full of Apple’s M1 chip explanations from Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Greg ‘Joz’ Joswiak, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, and hardware engineering manager John Ternus. So dig in and be delighted.

And, by the way, no, “macOS Big Sur does not pave the way for a touchscreen Mac.

The Week’s News Debris

• In another major article, Rene Ritchie at iMore explains what’s different about the camera system in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. “iPhone 12 Pro Max — It’s all about that camera.

The 26mm f/1.6 wide-angle camera is where the differences start on the Pro Max. It’s got bigger, 1.7-micron pixels compared to the 1.4-micron pixels on the regular Pro. Which means it can take in more light. The OIS, or optical image stabilization, is also sensor-shift on the Max, like the IBIS or in-body image stabilization you find in higher-end dedicated cameras. Basically, instead of the lens floating to cancel out sensor movement, the sensor itself floats, which is mechanically simpler and, yeah, optically better.

There is much more. So if you’re a camera nut case, read this before you decide which iPhone 12 to get.

• The iPhone 12 came very close to getting a 120 Hz display, but did not. According to iMore, “iPhone 13 will get 120 Hz, says Jon Prosser.

A new report from Jon Prosser says the iPhone 13 will include 120 Hz technology, at least in the ‘Pro’ models rumored to be coming next year.

There are customary caveats.

• Another thing the iPhone 13 may get is a display utilizing low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology. This would allow not only 120 Hz refresh but also always-on displays. BGR has extensive details.

macOS Big Sur wallpaper

• There are reviews of a new macOS, and then there are the ars technica reviews. Cancel your meetings, pour a cup of tea and cozy up with the amazing Andrew Cunningham and check out: “macOS 11.0 Big Sur: The Ars Technica review.” Just the table of contents will dazzle you.

• Here’s a nice overview of the power of the M1 MacBook Air from Laptop Magazine . “MacBook Air with M1 chip is beastly — it smokes the 16-inch MacBook Pro (leaks).”

The 16-inch MacBook Pro, one of the highest performing laptops on the market, got smoked by the M1-equipped MacBook Air. Don’t believe me? Check out these wild benchmarks that blew us away.

• Finally, for all you Python language fans, rejoice. “Guido van Rossum, the Python language’s founder, joins Microsoft.

No, that’s not a misprint. The famed open-source developer has come out of retirement to join Microsoft Developer Division and continue his work on the Python language.


Particle Debris is generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday.

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