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Apple unveils first Macs that are designed to run like iPhones

Apple on Tuesday (US time) introduced a MacBook Air notebook and other computers with the first Apple-designed microprocessor, called the M1, a move that will tie its Macs and iPhones closer together technologically.

The new chip marks a shift away from Intel Corp technology that has driven the electronic brains of Mac computers for nearly 15 years.

The new chip marks a shift away from Intel Corp technology that has driven the electronic brains of Mac computers for nearly 15 years.

The new chip marks a shift away from Intel Corp technology that has driven the electronic brains of Mac computers for nearly 15 years.Credit:Bloomberg

It is a boon for Apple computers, which are overshadowed by the company’s iPhone but still rack up tens of billions of dollars in sales per year. Apple hopes developers now will create families of apps that work on both computers and phones.

In Australia, the MacBook Air will start at $1599 and have up to twice the battery life, Apple said. The M1 will also power the MacBook Pro notebook, which starts at $1999, and its $1099 Mac Mini computer, which comes without a monitor. The computers will be available from November 17.

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