Since the launch of the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air alongside the Apple M1 in November 2020, the entire computing world has shifted its eyes to Apple, and it seems to have paid off for the Cupertino behemoth.
A new report from Canalys shows that worldwide Apple Computer shipments grew 28%, with nearly 29 million Macs shipping last year. Other PC makers moved more units, like Lenovo, which shipped over 82 million PCs, but in terms of growth, Apple takes the lead.
It’s hard to see and it shouldn’t give at least a little credit for the rise of the Apple M1. While there are plenty of Macs in Apple’s arsenal that don’t use it (yet), the fact that three of its most popular devices were upgraded with their own chip and are lauded by reviewers—including our own stellar Reviews are also included.
And looking ahead, now that the M1 Max and M1 Pro were moved to the 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pros, it’s likely that Apple’s growth in the computing world will only continue from here. For the first time in years, Macs are on the rise, with the MacBook Air in particular being an incredibly powerful device that’s no more expensive than its Windows counterparts.
Analysis: Will it last?
The way Apple talks about its M1 family of processors, it would be easy to assume that the company is a generation ahead of what other chip makers have been able to do. But from what we saw at CES 2022, it’s unlikely that Apple will be ahead of AMD or Intel in the new year.
From what we’ve seen from Elder Lake and the Intel Core i9-12900K (we’ll have a review, I’m working on it, I promise), Intel has improved by leaps and bounds in both performance and power efficiency 11 The th-generation chips that we use. While we haven’t yet seen what 12th-gen Elder Lake processors can do in the best laptops, Intel made some pretty bold claims at its CES keynote.
And Team Blue isn’t alone there. Nvidia hit out at the M1 Max as well, claiming that the RTX 3080 Ti laptop will only wipe the floor with Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro in rendering and video tasks that are the laptop’s flagship workload.
Considering how impressive the MacBook Pro 16-inch was in our review, given that it was equipped with just the M1 Pro instead of the Max, it ended the trade war with the Asus ROG Strix G15, which I’d almost expect from the new MacBook Pro. Reviewed 6 months ago. was also announced – and that’s before you start taking GPU performance into account.
It’s easy to take Apple’s claims that its chip is miles above any mobile chip offered at face value by Intel, AMD or Nvidia, but it’s important to note that PCs aren’t just a chip. And with optimizations being made in this generation of mobile hardware — such as Nvidia’s new fourth-generation Max-Q technology and Intel’s upcoming Deep Link technology — the discrete GPU solutions known for Windows laptops will continue to become more dominant. For heavy workloads.
The only place the Mac continues to show off Windows PCs is in battery life, especially in the workstation class of laptops. But while it’s an important tip to have on paper, when you’re sitting at your desk doing some rendering or editing work, you’re probably going to be plugged into an outlet anyway.
Either way, the huge growth Mac has seen over the past year has shown that the CPU battle is heating up in a big way, and unlike in the past where that battle was in desktop and gaming PCs, we’re starting to see it. Instead the best laptop.
2022 is going to be an exciting year.