From the depths to the surface,
This is about the new M1 Chip and the devices with the M1 Chip in them including the Mac Mini 2020, MacBook Air" 2020, and the MacBook Pro 13" 2020.
M1 Chip: Specs
The new M1 Chip that Apple has just announced has 4 "performance" cores, and 4 "efficiency" cores, the former for CPU-intensive tasks like gaming, video editing, and more. The latter is used for light loads, like web browsing and background tasks.
It also has an 8-core GPU, which is the most Apple has made in the AS (Apple Silicon) lineup (iPhones, iPads, etc.). It also has the RAM of the system built in, but it cannot be changed after production.
A Neural Engine is included, which is very similar to the one on iPhones. This is used for if the computer needs extra cores, it can be used.
M1 Chip: How it's integrated
How the M1 Chip will be integrated in the Mac Mini, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro will be important. Both the Mac Mini and the MacBook Air will have little to no fans! The MacBook Pro will have some motorized cooling. How the Mac Mini and MacBook Air plan to cool the chip is a tossup between simply having no cooling, and have a scenario from 2019, where all the Mac's had cooling issues, or be passively cooled, where thermodynamics help cool the chips. The latter seems promising.
Also, the macOS Big Sur (The Mac's newest update) will apparently integrate well with the new Macs, with a instant wakeup feature, universal apps (Apps that work with both the AS Chips and the Intel chips), iOS app compatibility, and more. Even if app developers have not optimized for the new Macs, they don't have to, but they may crash more often.
M1 Chip: Pricing
The Mac Mini (A small square that you hook up to a monitor for display) is going for $699.99, The MacBook Air is going for $999.99, and the MacBook Pro is going for $1299.99. All of these prices have been laughed at for past generations as being too expensive for not much performance, but this time, not so much. The MacBook Air has a 15hr battery life on the web, and a 18hr battery life in video playback. The MacBook Pro has a 17hr and 20hr battery life, respectively. Do not take these numbers as hard facts, as this is from Apple, and not from a 3rd Party.
M1 Chip: First Impressions
On paper, the new chip seems amazing, as it balances Performance with Battery Life, and the prices aren't too outrageous (MacBook Pro is the exception). The comments I have against this is that, still, Apple is not letting users upgrade their RAM and Storage after production, as most of the features are on the M1 Chip already.
The specs produced are a lot better than last year with Intel chips. The Apple integration is stronger than ever. That is what I have been going at, that Apple has more control over how their devices. With the M1 Chip along side the A13 (iPhone, iPad) and S6 (Apple Watch). The Mac is kind of turning into an iPhone: Streamlined and in the ecosystem. This is great for people in, but maybe not for people outside.