Apple Silicon's M1 graphics processing system now makes it possible for users to shift their display resolution, with instantaneous results.
Owners of new Apple Silicon M1-powered Macs are in for a pleasant surprise as their machines now allow them to change their display resolutions with instantaneous results. Industry observers admit this is beyond their expectations as it only shows the graphics processor on the new machines are not only fast in the conventional sense, they are also more sophisticated compared to other computers.
In a recent review, Apple Silicon M1-powered Macs proved they are capable of shifting display resolutions in the blink of an eye. When reviewers made changes to the display resolution settings, they got instantaneous results. Apple attributes this immediate response to a series of interrelated architectural modifications in the machine's graphics processor, as well as its software.
The series of architectural modifications allowed the new Apple Silicon M1-powered Macs to showcase various improvements, making the machines feel and look sophisticated, refined, and modern. One noteworthy change is the new graphics system. The new Mac's native use of the custom Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) that has been optimized for use with Metal 2, as well as its Unified memory Architecture used to deliver low-power yet super-fast mobile devices from the iPhone to iPad Pros, results in prompt and flicker-free changes to the machine's video settings.
According to Daniel Eran Dilger, one of those who tested the new Apple Silicon M1-powered Macs and their graphics processing capabilities, changing the scaled display resolution on the MacBook is "absolutely instantaneous." On the other hand, the Intel-based graphics on the recent 16-inch MacBook Pro model went through a series of delays and screen blanking before changing resolution.
Changing the scaled display resolution on the new #AppleM1 MacBook (left) is absolutely instantaneous compared to the delay and screen blanking required by the Intel graphics on the 16 inch MacBook Pro (right) pic.twitter.com/YybbPF09TF — Daniel Eran Dilger (@DanielEran) November 20, 2020
Dilger said that the new Apple Silicon M1-powered Mac with its fast graphics processing feature makes it appear and feel less "PC." Its enhancements also make the machine less technical in a computer world where oftentimes the name of the game centers on megabits and gigahertz. He also said that the efforts that Apple poured into the new Macs have produced the changes the company wanted and further widened the difference between a generic PC and the Mac.
The MacBook Air Was a Fine Laptop, but Apple's M1 Chip Makes It an Extraordinary One https://t.co/gFPmkCJIIr pic.twitter.com/iHYsTflxtq — Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) November 17, 2020
Industry observers note that more than a decade ago, the move of Apple to shift to essential commodity hardware appears as the company's best move. However, the Cupertino-based tech giant's development of custom iOS mobile products over the years, as well as its creation of mobile devices like the Apple Watch, shows that the company can erase the border between software and hardware to come up with more appropriate and better devices that consumers would want to use. The development of the new Apple Silicon M1-powered Mac with its fast graphics processing feature is one proof of such a goal.