A wave of Apple M1 benchmarks has landed today with reviews of the new Macs as well as the computers now arriving to early customers. We’ve now got some great examples of what the impressive new M1 Mac capabilities mean for real-world performance.
Last week saw the first Apple M1 benchmarks land with the new MacBook Air outperforming the 16-inch MacBook Pro in both single and multi-core scores. Then yesterday we saw the whole Apple M1 Mac lineup beat every Intel Mac in single-core scores and some wild results for Cinebench.
Today with reviews launching and the first M1 Macs landing in customers’ hands, we got lots of validation of those impressive early results from pretty much every benchmark available but beyond that, some powerful examples of just how much a difference the Apple Silicon chips make in real-world workflows.
How Apple M1 benchmarks translate to real-world performance
Developer Paul Hudson shared this example of his M1 MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM rip through an Xcode unzip in just 5 minutes, meanwhile his 8-Core Intel i9 16-inch MacBook Pro with 64GB RAM took over 13 minutes to do the same.
He notes that’s a year-old $6,000 Mac being hammered by the $2,000 M1 MacBook Pro.