Learn M-Series Details

Apple’s M-series chips are profoundly different from the Intel generation they supersede. For those who have read up on the architecture of an iPhone or iPad, this series of Apple silicon processors will seem familiar; those who haven’t may feel at sea. In this chapter, I explain how a system on a chip (SoC) works, how Apple’s processors differ from Intel’s, and how Apple bakes security into silicon.

You don’t have to be a chip-head or a hardware expert to understand the details that follow, nor will there be a test at the end. The idea is to give you a sense of what’s new—and sometimes extraordinary—inside the chips, and how special features enable entirely new capabilities.

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