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Apple silicon - Concepts

Apple M1

Apple M1 is an Apple silicon processor: a powerful 8-core CPU running at up to 3.2 GHz.

Apple silicon

Apple silicon is Apple’s own design of processor. It is the basis of Mac computers, as well as many other Apple products.

Apple silicon M1 as-a-service

Scaleway Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service is built using the latest generation of Apple Mac mini hardware (fifth generation). They are powered by Apple’s M1 silicon and also equipped with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM for towering performances and revolutionary power efficiency.

Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service is designed for developing, building, testing, and signing applications for Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and much more. Mac mini M1 uses an advanced neural engine for up to 15x faster machine learning.

Mac mini M1

The Mac mini M1 is physical hardware designed by Apple, powered by the Apple M1 silicon chip and also equipped with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. It is the basis for Scaleway’s Apple silicon M1 as-a-service offer.

Region and Availability Zone

A Region is as a geographical area such as France (Paris: fr-par) or the Netherlands (Amsterdam: nl-ams) in which Scaleway products and resources are located. It can contain multiple Availability Zones.

An Availability Zone refers to the geographical location within a region, such as waw-1(Warsaw, Poland), in which your Scaleway resource will be created. The latency between multiple AZs of the same region is low, as they have a common network layer.

For an extensive list of which regions and AZ a resource is available in, refer to our Products availability guide


Virtual Network Computing (VNC), is a remote desktop-sharing protocol. It allows you to visualize the graphical screen output of a remote computer and to transfer local keyboard and mouse events to the remote computer by using a network connection. The protocol is platform-independent which means that various clients exist for Linux, Windows, and macOS-based computers. The VNC server used on the M1 is directly integrated with the macOS system without any restrictions from our side. Check out our documentation on how to connect to your Mac Mini M1 via VNC.