Apple silicon

System-on-chip processors designed by Apple Inc. / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Apple silicon is a series of system on a chip (SoC) and system in a package (SiP) processors designed by Apple Inc., mainly using the ARM architecture. It is the basis of most new Mac computers as well as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, and of products such as AirPods, HomePod, HomePod Mini, and AirTag.

The A16 Bionic chip

Apple announced its plan to switch Mac computers from Intel processors to Apple silicon at WWDC 2020 on June 22, 2020.[1][2] The first Macs built with the Apple M1 processor were unveiled on November 10, 2020. As of January 2023, all newer Mac models are built with Apple silicon; only the older model Mac Pro still uses Xeon processors.[3]

Apple fully controls the integration of Apple silicon chips with the company's hardware and software products. Johny Srouji is in charge of Apple's silicon design.[4] Manufacturing of the chips is outsourced to semiconductor contract manufacturers such as Samsung and TSMC.