The laptops’ physical similarities really make it hard for consumers to tell if the device is powered by M1.
How to tell if MacBook has an M1 chip instead of Intel’s chipset
All you need to do is to visit your device’s “About This Mac” feature. The first thing you need to do is to click the Apple icon.
This is located on the top-left corner of the menu bar. After you clicked it, just select the “About This Mac” option. The area will show you the specific software and hardware info of your device.
The details are very accurate since they are the hardware and software that are powering and running on your laptop.
Check if the Apple M1 or higher version is displayed in the “Chip” section. If the product’s name appears, that means your MacBook is using Apple Silicon CPU.
On the other hand, you also need to check your device’s “Processor” section. If an Intel processor is displayed, that means your Mac is using an Intel chip.
Follow all these steps to save more time when checking your device.
How to check if apps are M1 Macs optimized
On the other hand, you should also know if your apps are optimized for Apple’s M1. This is really important if you recently upgraded to an Apple Silicon MacBook.
You should also remember to check what are the Intel apps running under the Rosetta transition layer. To help you with this, here’s how you can check the Apple M1 MacBook optimized apps.
The first thing you need to do is click the Apple logo menu. This section is located in the upper-left corner of your laptop’s screen.
After that, you just choose the “About This Mac’ option. Click the “System Report” option on the Overview tab that will appear.
Once you’re in that section, choose the “System Information Report” button. After that, you need to select “Software” and then “Applications” in the sidebar menu.
Doing this will allow you to show the list of all the apps on your MacBook. Choose the “Kind” column. If you see “Apple Silicon” listed beside the column, that means your app is Apple Silicon Mac optimized.