The Minds Behind Apple’s Revolutionary New Generation of Macs

George Paul November 10, 2020
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2020 has been a big year for Apple, with the announcement of a 5G iPhone, a mini speaker, and a new Apple Watch. But the Cupertino giant didn’t stop there and called another event for the year, aptly called “One More Thing.”

The Tuesday afternoon event revealed the company’s new Mac lineup — including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini — built with Apple Silicon. That’s right, Apple new computers will now sport the company’s own chipset made for the Mac, called M1, for the first time ever. M1 unifies multiple chips into a system-on-a-chip (SoC) enabling the company’s computers to take a massive leap in performance while also improving battery life. For instance, the new MacBook Air will sport twice the battery life for video calls.

The company also announced Big Sur, the new macOS, which is built from the ground up to run on Apple’s own silicon. This tailor-made product unlocks amazing new capabilities, but most importantly, Macs will now be able to run iOS apps that until now have been limited to iPhones and iPads. By unifying the Apple app ecosystem, the company has been able to make the transition between devices more seamless than ever before.

The company made a host of other announcements, but before we get lost in the weeds, let’s meet the team that has reinvented Apple’s Mac lineup.

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John Ternus is a VP of Hardware Engineering at Apple, he is also the voice that guided viewers through much of the One More Thing presentation. Ternus has spent the bulk of his professional career at Apple, joining the tech company in 2001, and currently leads Apple’s hardware engineering efforts for the Mac and iPad product lines. Alongside his colleges, Senior Manager of Hardware Engineering Julie Broms and Mac Product Line Managers Laura Metz and Shruthi Haldea, Ternus has been a key player in the physical design and construction of the new generation of Macs.

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VP of Hardware Engineering, John Ternus presenting at the One More Thing event. Image credit: Apple

When it comes to the company’s new chip, Johny Srouji is the man with the plan. He serves as Apple’s SVP of Hardware Technologies at Apple and reports directly to Tim Cook. Srouji oversees the teams making breakthroughs in custom silicon, like the M1, and hardware technologies including batteries, application processors, storage controllers, sensors silicon, display silicon, and other chipsets across Apple’s entire product line. The advancements made by Srouji and his team as well as the new macOS created by the Software Engineering team lead by Craig Federighi have vaulted Apple far ahead of its closest competitors.

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Apple’s latest sustainability efforts. Image credit: Apple

One key person not spotlighted during Apple’s big announcement, but someone who deserves some time to shine is Lisa Jackson, the VP who leads Apple’s sustainability efforts. Jackson’s impact was felt during the One More Thing presentation as the company has transitioned to 100% recycled aluminum for the construction of the MacBook Air and Mac Mini and 90% more recyclable fiber packaging These are important steps as the company chases the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

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