Apple

Should I get an M1 Mac or wait for the Mac Pro?

Episode 1765

Mike from California

Mike wants to know when the M1 MacPro will come out. Leo says that the latest rumor is that a new M1 Mac Pro won't arrive until 2022, giving pros plenty of time to consider whether to move from Intel to the M1 platform. Leo hears that the M1 Mac Pro will be smaller, maybe even half the size since it runs faster and cooler. Should Mike go with an M1 imac? Leo says not until Spring. 

How can I avoid using products by Big Tech?

PinePhone

Episode 1763

Brian from Nashua, NH

Brian has an iPad that's ten years old, and he would like to replace it with a non-Google, non-Amazon, or non-Apple model. Leo says good luck. One journalist tried to do that and wrote a story about it. She concluded that she couldn't do anything online. It's an interesting conundrum. If you're unhappy with Big Tech and don't want to patronize them, can you actually go online and boycott those major services? Well, no, you can't. And most websites are run on Amazon Web Services. So you're kind of stuck. 

Is the M1 Mac Mini Faster than Intel?

M1

Episode 1760

Brian from Nashville, TN

Brian recently purchased an M1 Mac Mini and he's running a beta of Parallels on it. He also got a 13" Macbook at the same time. Leo says though, if he can run everything on a Mac using Rosetta, he'll be much better off. And in the next two years, he'll see native apps with dual binaries that will be able to run on both M1 and Intel platforms. Meanwhile, Rosetta runs pretty well, he won't see much of a performance hit if any.

Apple's New High End AirPod Headphones

AirPods Max

Episode 1758

Leo says that Apple's new $550 Airpod Max Headphones are too cheap for high-end headphones, and too expensive for just about everything else. But he says that while these fit into a gray area that's going to use computational audio driven by 10 core processors. So customers have a supercomputer in each ear. It will support things like surround sound and will take an imperfect stream of audio and make it better. But Leo will never buy them, even though while they are pricey status symbols now, they may end up being worth the price down the line as the technology improves. 

 

Make a Backup Copy of Your Strong Passwords

First of all, get a password manager such as Lastpass (TWiT sponsor), 1Password, or Apple's Keychain. Any password manager is better than no password manager. Secondly, it might be a good idea to create a backup (like your important computer files) of those strong passwords in case something goes wrong with accessing your vault of account information. Maybe make a USB key of passwords and store it in a super safe and secretive location at home just for worst-case scenarios regarding your master password.

Allow the Relevant Permissions for Your iOS Apps Requesting Access

If an application needs to share Photos and Video to an iOS device, it needs to store the files in the Photos album of your device in order to work. On an Apple device, the permissions will be granular. If you want to send a picture through an app like Facebook Messenger, you will get a pop-up asking for your permission to access your device's photos. That is normal, so don't freak out. If an app is asking for permissions to certain areas of your iOS device (like Contacts, Location, etc.) that don't seem to relate to the app's function, be wary.

Why Doesn't My New Mac Display in Portrait Mode?

M1 Mac Mini

Episode 1752

Bernie from Lakewood, CO

Bernie has noticed that when he puts his M1 Mac Mini into portrait mode, that his monitors have problems. Leo says that the M1 is a new system and as such, it's bound to have some limitations until there's an update, especially with drivers. Leo thinks that something has changed with macOS Big Sur, and as such, Bernie's monitors can't handle the new configuration due to having an outdated driver. So he advises contacting the monitor manufacturer and see if there's a new driver for Big Sur. That's likely where the issue is.

Apple working overtime to make M1 Work with Apps

Apple M1 Chip

Episode 1751

Leo says that Apple has been working overtime to make sure their new M1 Macs are able to support apps that could've been left behind with the shift to the Intel platform. The result is a platform that is much faster, with fantastic battery life. So fast, that Leo says M1 is going to change the computer world as we know it. Sadly, Apple will likely keep M1's architecture for themselves, as their "secret formula for coca-cola." 

Leo's advice for upgrading: if you're a PC user, get the cheapest M1 you can to buy into the ecosystem. The road will be dramatic as time goes on.