The Cupertino California based company ‘Apple’ today finally announced its first self-developed processor for Mac hardware with Apple Silicon, as the business calls its own chips. The system on a chip (SoC) is based on Arm architecture rather than an Intel-built platform and Apple’s new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini come with the new M1 chip which has USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 in them. However, some accessories may not be suitable for these devices and this includes eGPUs.
Moreover, one of the greatest advantages of having a computer with Thunderbolt 3 is gone with the new Apple Silicon Macs as the apple’s first Macs built around its self-developed system on a chip do not support external graphic processor (eGPUs).
Besides, with an external graphic processor (eGPUs), the users can mainly connect a more powerful graphics card to a Mac by using only the Thunderbolt 3 connection, which is ideal for boosting machine performance when you need to edit videos or play some games.
Moreover, the reason behind this has not been clarified, so we don’t know whether it was Apple’s decision to prioritize its new hardware or whether there are any technical limitations, and it’s worth mentioning that the Thunderbolt connection was created by Apple in association with Intel. Recently, Intel made it possible for other machines without an Intel processor to support Thunderbolt 3 and enabling high data transfer speeds.
Lastly, the M1 chip is an auto-developed SoC, which means it has CPU, GPU, RAM, and built-in storage in one chip, as well as the iPhone and iPad and these components are all developed by Apple.