Today Apple held its “One More Thing” event — a rare third event in a fall season that’s already seen two prior events heralding the release of two new Apple Watch models and iPad models, and the iPhone 12 lineup, among other things, so this third event was widely expected to be about Apple’s Mac lineup and the first step in its transition to its own Apple Silicon chips, and in that regard it didn’t disappoint.
Several times over the past few years, Apple has held a late October to unveil new Macs, following its iPhone launch in September, so although the timing for this one has been pushed back into a third event with everything going in the world, it was clearly time for a Mac event, especially since Apple had promised that the first Apple Silicon MacBooks would be arriving by the end of this year.
However, Apple did offer up a couple of small surprises here too. While we were all expecting a new 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple also debuted a new Apple Silicon equipped Mac mini, as well as formally showing off its new M1 chip, specifically designed for the Mac family rather than just being a variation on its A-series chips from the iPhone and iPad family.
With these new M1 chips, Apple is ushering in a whole new generation of Macs that will provide more power, longer battery life, and other even more advanced features going forward, and while the family will quickly expand over the next year or so, continue reading to browse the first three new M1-equipped Macs that Apple just announced.