Apple introduced its first Macs based on the M1 system on a chip (SoC) which kinds of blows my mind. The speed and battery-life boosts Apple is claiming are impressive. I can’t wait to read the reviews.
Looking at the specs, it got me wondering if the M1 chip can only handle 2 Thunderbolt3/USB4 lanes. The three Macs they introduced all had the same number of USB4 ports : 2. The Mac mini offers a couple of extra USB-A ports (horizontally aligned), which is significantly less than the previous model, and a bit poor for a desktop computer, no? It’s consistent with the cheaper Intel models it replaces though.
The M1 is a “first step” into a “family of chips” that will power future Mac models.
All RAM configurations top up at 16Gb, which also might be a limitation of the M1 chip. I’m excited to discover how apps will perform regarding to their memory usage and requirements. We have to unlearn all our Intel based ways of thinking.
Early days. Exciting times (well, sort of).
2020-11-18 : the reviews are coming out. Mindblowing.
- “Yeah, Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro is powerful, but it’s the battery life that will blow you away” by Matthew Panzarino for TechCrunch;
- “Apple MacBook Pro with M1 review: flexing Arm” by Nilay Patel for The Verge;
- “The M1 Macs” by John Gruber on Daring Fireball;
- “M1 Macs review: The Next Generation” by Jason Snell on Six Colours;
- “Mac mini and Apple Silicon M1 review: Not so crazy after all” by Samuel Axon for Ars Technica;
- “Hands-on with the Apple M1—a seriously fast x86 competitor” by Jim Salter for Ars Technica.