November 18, 2020

Apple releases TensorFlow fork with speedups for M1 Macs

Apple has released its own fork of the TensorFlow 2.4 machine learning framework, specifically optimized for its newly released M1 processor.

According to Apple, the M1-compiled version of TensorFlow delivers several times faster performance on a number of benchmarks, compared to the same jobs running on an Intel version of the same 2020 edition MacBook Pro.

The fork, available as open source, requires MacOS 11.0 or better, and provides accelerations on Macs running the new M1 processor.

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