Apple sends out celebratory T-shirts to mark 1 year of M1 chip

Apple sends out celebratory T-shirts to mark 1 year of M1 chip

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Apple M1 t-shirts
A stellar first year for Apple silicon.
Photo: Andy Boretto

Apple engineers and other staffers who helped develop the M1 chip are receiving T-shirts to celebrate its one-year anniversary. The shirts feature a picture of an M1 chip, according to a photo posted to Twitter by a senior Apple worker.

“Every so often, something comes along that changes everything,” reads an accompanying note. “Congratulations and thank you for helping make Apple ‌M1‌ possible!”

Apple celebrates 1 year of M1

Apple’s decision to scrap Intel processors in favor of its own silicon has led to the most powerful, most efficient MacBook models we’ve ever seen. And despite ongoing supply issues, it has been an incredibly smooth transition.

The original M1, which Apple introduced in November 2020 after a glorious preview at its Worldwide Developers Conference months earlier, blew us away with its processing and graphics performance. It made competing mobile chips look pathetic.

Last year, Apple followed up with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, and we’re expected to get even more powerful “M2” chips this year — alongside big upgrades to the iMac and Mac Pro. But not before Apple celebrates one year of M1.

Andy Boretto, a senior Apple engineer who worked on the transition from PowerPC to Intel in the mid-2000s and also on the switch from Intel to M1, shared a photo of the special M1 T-shirt Cupertino is sending certain workers to celebrate the milestone.

‘M1 was a breeze’

“It takes a lot of people working from home ms campus to pull this off,” Boretto told followers. “The intel transition was almost like magic! We would buy stuff from Fry’s and hack around lots of stuff. The M1 was a breeze.”

“The hardware team killed it here! Our software teams were super important but the wizards of the hardware team, wow. How they do it is always impressive.”

Here’s to another year of Apple silicon and all the exciting developments it will mean for Mac (and iPad Pro).