Jamf rolled out a million Macs with Apple M1 chips in the past year. The answer to the question of whether Apple chose right by splitting with Intel is increasingly evident.

In November 2020, Apple introduced a new chip family. Devices with the so-called M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max have been seeing the light of day since. Much to the chagrin of Intel, the chip manufacturer that provided processors for Apple devices prior to the introduction.

The 15-year collaboration between Intel and Apple turned into opposition. Apple joined forces with chip manufacturer TSMC. Manufacturing costs lowered. Apple invested savings in chip design, resulting in strong models. The M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max are powerful. Powerful enough to match the performance of high-end Intel chips — and even surpass them, depending on whom you ask.

A year after the breakup, the move is proving commercially successful for Apple. According to market researcher Canalys, Apple notebook sales rose steadily. The chips play a central role in the trend.

From school to enterprise

The chips’ suitability for business applications was repeatedly highlighted. Container platform Docker developed support for the product line. The Linux Foundation did as well.

Now Jamf, a developer of solutions for large-scale Apple device management, further underscores the trend. The organization announces it has rolled out one million Macs with M1 chips in the past year. The end user base varies. Software giant SAP ordered 3,500 models. Electric, a partner of Jamf, observed an increase in users in small- and medium-sized businesses.