New Mac Mini M1 chip and compatibility

Rakanoth

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The older Mac Minis used Intel CPUs that were based on x86 architecture. The latest Mac Mini has M1 chip and doesn't have a CPU with x86 architecture. How is the software and operating system compatible with the new chip? I just don't get how this architecture works.
 

B00nie

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The older Mac Minis used Intel CPUs that were based on x86 architecture. The latest Mac Mini has M1 chip and doesn't have a CPU with x86 architecture. How is the software and operating system compatible with the new chip? I just don't get how this architecture works.
The compatability layer has been done quite well. Most apps run at native-like speeds. Native apps are super fast, even the fanless M1 laptop beats Intel i9 top model in CPU bench. As what goes to Bug Sur, each OSX version becomes buggyer and buggyer by the revision. No real innovation in use, just becoming more like Windows in the amount of problems. It seems like it's time to go full time linux. I just hope M1 or the likes will become available outside Apple products soon.
 
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