(Pocket-lint) - Apple held a “One More Thing” event on 10 November 2020, when introduced the first Macs that run on Apple Silicon.
It's worth noting that "one more thing” is a phrase Apple uses when it's unveiling major product announcements. The company used it when it announced the 10th-anniversary iPhone X in 2017, for instance. So, people expected the November showcase to be big. At WWDC 2020, Apple announced plans to switch Macs from Intel processors to its own hardware. Apple, therefore, of course, announced ARM-based Macs as well as MacOS 11 Big Sur.
When was Apple's event?
Apple's event took place Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 10am PDT.
How to watch Apple's event online
You can re-watch the event right here, as we have embedded the video above.
Alternatively, you can watch it on your Apple TV, through the Apple Events app from the App Store for Apple TV, or you can stream from your iOS device via AirPlay. Just ensure it's a second-generation Apple TV, with the latest Apple TV software or tvOS.
What happened at Apple's event
First of all, most people suspected this event was coming. The company held an iPhone-specific event last month and another the month before that for the latest Apple Watch and iPads. But Apple previously said it would debut ARM-based Macs later this year. So it wasn’t clear when that would be - until now.
During a "One More Thing" virtual event on 10 November 2020, Apple announced the first Apple Silicon processor for the Mac. It's called the M1.
To be clear, this is Apple's long-awaited move from Intel processors. The company has been rumoured to be working toward this transition for years. Now, it's official. Apple said the M1 chip is the first in a family of Apple Silicon chips. It has an eight-core CPU, with four high-performance cores. Apple described it as "the world's fastest CPU core". The other four high-efficiency cores use one-tenth of the power, helping M1 deliver the best CPU performance per watt.
Apple's new MacBook Air is here - complete with the new Apple M1, its new Apple Silicon ARM-based processor.
The MacBook Air is now more like a iPad than ever and will be able to run iOS and iPad apps using macOS 11 Big Sur. There's no fan, so it's silent, with around 15/18 hours of battery life. There's also support for USB 4 and Thunderbolt 3.Again it has a 13-inch screen (slightly improved), better webcam and again it clocks in from $999/£999. However, the design is pretty much the same - we had expected at least some tweaks.
Apple isn't holding back with the launch of its new Mac processor, the M1, announcing a new version of the Mac mini powered by the company's new M1 processor, alongside new versions of the MacBook AirandMacbook Pro. Promising 3x CPU performance and 6x faster graphics, the new Mac mini will come in the same desk-friendly form factor as previously, but will now be packing the new Apple Silicon processor.
Apple's first Macs running on Silicon chips have been revealed with a MacBook Air, Mac Mini and MacBook Pro all in the line up and all able to run any iOS app. A report from 9to5Macpreviously claimed that while any iOS app can be downloaded and installed on the Silicon Macs however, some big app developers like Google and Facebook may not offer their apps through the Mac App Store.
During a "One More Thing" virtual event on 10 November 2020, Apple announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring its M1 Apple Silicon chip.
In June, Apple revealed plans to begin using its own custom processors in Macs, and now, it's announcing those Macs and promising industry-leading performance per watt. Apple said the M1 chip is the first in a family of Apple Silicon chips. The 5-nanometer chip supports Thunderbolt and USB 4, has an eight-core CPU, and boasts the "world's fastest integrated graphics" with a 16-core Neural Engine that can process 11 trillion operations per second.
Apple has confirmed that it will be rolling out its latest macOS update, macOS Big Sur, on Thursday 12 November for not only current MacBook and Mac users, but also in time for three new Mac models powered by Apple's new M1 processor that are going on sale on 17 November. The new operating system will usher in a number of new changes, including being optimised for the new Apple M1 processor announced at its "One more thing" event on the 10 November.
What Apple didn't announce
There is a small mountain of evidence to suggest Apple is developing a pair of high-end, wireless over-ear headphones that will be released shortly.
The over-ear headphones won't be Beats headphones. Instead, they'll be Apple-branded and may be called AirPods X or AirPods Studio. There's been leaked iOS 14 code, reports from well-known Apple watchers, and even a Target listing all suggesting these headphones are real and coming soon. Most recently, Apple reportedly directed all its stores to stop carrying third-party headphones. Perhaps it's yet another sign that Apple plans to expand the AirPods lineup.
Apple is supposedly working on new products to rival Tile, a popular hardware tracker that attaches to items in order to locate them over Bluetooth or crowdsourcing. Similarly, Apple's trackers, thought to be called AirTags, will allow users to locate lost or stolen items. The existence of these devices has been widely reported on by the media and leakers since last year. They're expected to look like circular discs and should feature Apple's ultra-wideband tech.
They'll likely use the standard iOS Find My app, along with crowdsourcing, to precisely locate your devices, even in a room.