In 2020, Apple started selling Macs with its own Apple Silicon chips. But from the outside, Macs look the same as the old ones. How do you know if the Mac you are using is running an Intel or Apple Silicon processor?
Because Apple made such a smooth transition between Mac Intel and Mac with M1 chip (Apple Silicon), it’s actually quite difficult to tell the two apart. The 2018 MacBook Air and the 2020 MacBook Air with M1 look alike.
The only way to tell if you are using an Intel Mac or an Apple Silicon Mac is to use the About This Mac function.
On your Mac, click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the menu bar, then select the “About This Mac” option.
Here you’ll find specific information about the software and hardware that runs on and powers your Mac.
If you see Apple M1 (or higher) in the “Chip” section, it means you’re using a Mac with an Apple Silicon processor.
If you see an Intel processor in the “Processor” section, it means you are using a Mac with an Intel chip.
And that’s how easy it is to tell if you’re using a Mac with an Apple Silicon processor or an Intel processor.
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