Today marks the first anniversary since the first Apple silicon chip was announced.

The M1 chip went into the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, with all devices proving popular thanks to their low power consumption and impressive performance.

It’s those M1 machines that paved the way for the recent 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks, powered by new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

Those machines are now roundly thought to be some of the best Macs Apple has ever produced, and they’re certainly some of the most performant. None of it would have been possible if it wasn’t for the M1 arriving on November 10, 2020.

“When it comes to low-power silicon, M1 has the world’s fastest CPU core, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and the amazing machine learning performance of the Apple Neural Engine,” Johny Srouji, head of the team that designs all of Apple’s custom chips, said via press release at the time. “With its unique combination of remarkable performance, powerful features, and incredible efficiency, M1 is by far the best chip we’ve ever created.”

Apple is now expected to bring Apple silicon to a new 27-inch iMac, while it’s surely only a matter of time before a Mac Pro comes, too.

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