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Apple’s M1 Chip is All About Connectivity

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Apple’s M1 Chip – The Perfect Platform to Bring the Constant Connected Laptop to a 5G Ready Market

In recent days, the Apple M1 processor was announced to great fanfare, following lots of anticipation. The new chip promises to change the tech landscape with significantly lower power requirements, faster performance, shorter boot times and lower cost. Yes, that’s right — Apple’s M1 chip is on track to replace Intel chips in all Apple laptops, resulting in a lower price tag and greater efficiency, since it’s the first-ever processor developed exclusively for Apple computers.

The Apple M1 chip specs are — to say it simply — quite stunning. In fact, you don’t need to be a technical genius to appreciate this processor. Even to the layman, this description sounds impressive. 

M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with an astounding 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip. It features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine. As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs. ~ Apple.com

But it doesn’t end there. The Apple M1 chip will allow iOS mobile apps to run on this new breed of Apple laptops, which opens many new doors for developers and consumers alike. The possibilities in terms of cross-platform consumer apps to full-featured enterprise apps is remarkable, as these applications would be capable of running on a wider variety of devices. 

These benefits and features of the Apple M1 processor are certainly exciting, but there’s another possibility that could disrupt the ways in which we use technology. Apple’s M1 chip holds the power to bring about change that’s comparable to the transformation that we saw in 2010 with the release of the iPad. The Apple M1 processor, when combined with 5G modem technology, could give us the first, true “always on, always connected” laptop, bringing about a shift in the manner that we use these devices. 

The Possibilities from Combining 5G and Apple M1 Chip Technology

It appears that we could soon see the first, truly “always connected, always on” devices as we outfit them with 5G and M1 processor technology. And in reality, it wouldn’t be all that difficult to turn this concept into a reality. In fact, Apple’s M1 technology already allows for a connection with 5G modems, making this a logical leap that we can expect to see in 2021.

With 2.6 teraflops of throughput, M1 has the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer. The GPU in M1 is the most advanced Apple has ever created and the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer. ~ Apple.com

At its core — no pun intended — the new M1 processor is an enhanced, supercharged version of the M14 processor that’s powering the iPhone 12 line and the newest iPads, featuring 25% more transistors, double the number of CPU cores, faster clock speeds, and an expansion of the addressable memory size to a total of 16GB. And while for a laptop, 16GB is clearly insufficient, the new processor will extend memory to 64GB and beyond in coming versions — though that’s a topic of discussion for another day! 

A laptop that combines the power of Apple’s M1 processor with 5G technology isn’t an entirely new concept, of course. Cell-enabled PCs have been around for a while and occupy a defined niche within the marketplace. But this niche is quite limited because these devices are — in a word — terrible. These devices boot and acquire network signals at a speed that’s comparable to the pace of Alaska’s vote count. It’s the exact antithesis of the convenient, zippy super computer experience that we’ve come to expect from our mobile devices. We pick up our mobile device and expect immediate connectivity and seamless responsiveness; our expectations for our laptops have grown to mirror this expectation. The pairing of 5G technology and the Apple M1 processor will make this a reality!

Mobile service providers are working hard to deploy a nationwide 5G network that will deliver blisteringly fast speeds. With those speeds come a fulfillment of the dream of an Apple notebook computer with constant connectivity. And since remote work will only increase in popularity in the coming years, this could very well become the new norm and gold standard for business users. 

An Innovative Approach to Software and App Development

At 7T, we’re always looking toward tomorrow, anticipating the advances and innovations that are peeking over the horizon and developing software and mobile apps that will allow our clients to fully leverage these disruptive technologies. 

7T’ss developers embrace emerging technologies, as we integrate cutting-edge solutions into virtually every development project. From mobile app development, to custom software projects such as CRM platforms or ERP development, we’re ready to deliver collaborative, multi-phased software development services. We’ve even created an intelligent garment measurement system called FitFreedom

7T has offices in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Austin, but our clientele spans far beyond Texas and the midwest. If you’re ready to harness the power of a custom software platform and today’s most innovative technologies, contact 7T today.


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Shane Long

As President of 7T, Shane Long brings experience in mobility that pre-dates the term “smartphone” and the release of the first iPhone. His work has helped revolutionize the growth of mobility by bringing to market one of the first graphics processors used in mobile phones, technology that after being acquired by Qualcomm lived well into the 4th generation of smartphones, as well as helped pioneer the first GPS implementations in the segment. With a strong engineering and business background, Shane understands how the rise of mobility and Predictive Analytics is crucial to greater business strategies geared toward attaining competitive advantage, accelerating revenue, and realizing new efficiencies. As the leader of a B2B mobility solutions provider, he partners with business leaders including marketers and product developers to leverage enterprise mobile applications, big data and analytics, and mobile strategy.

Shane earned a B.S. at Texas A&M (whoop!) and studied mathematics as a graduate student at Southern Methodist University.


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