Chris recently picked up an M1 MacBook Air. He did a data migration, and it crashed and never recovered. So he took it back to the Apple Store, and they fixed it. But what he wants to know is if he can now add a second monitor and how. Leo says that there's a single port on the MacBook Air, and you need an HDMI to USBC dongle to connect the monitor to the system. Leo got a Thunderbolt 3 dock from Anker, which is $250. So that's not cheap.
Tom wants to know more about the latest iPad Pro. Leo says he'll get his in about a week. It will have the same M1 chip as the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, and the upcoming iMacs. So it's a pretty big deal. It will also have up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It also has an ultra-sharp display. The iPad Pro will also support Thunderbolt 3. So it's essentially a MacBook Air in tablet form. And it costs about the same, too. Leo wonders why Apple put out an iPad that is clearly overpowered for a tablet. Maybe more pro-grade apps for iOS that will appeal to younger users?
Leo ordered one of the new iPads, and it's almost as expensive as a MacBook. But it has 2TB of storage, has the best screen of any portable with miniLED backlighting, and it uses the same M1 processor. So it's just as powerful and just as expensive. Leo says that Apple is serious about people not treating the iPad as just a mobile toy anymore. It's a serious computing device.
In a prerecorded event that lasted almost an hour on the dot, Apple held their annual Spring Event and introduced the latest M1 iMac, M1 iPad Pros, updates to AppleTV, and finally the launch of the Apple Air Tags. Apple also announced a purple iPhone, and the ability for customers to build credit through the Apple Card. The Apple Air Tags will signal where your lost devices are, from keys to just about anything. Apple also added that any time an iOS device comes within range of an Air Tag, the tag will phone home and let the owner know where they are. That's pretty cool.
Tom's iMac recently died and he needs to get a new one. His iMac's fusion drive has also died. Leo says Tom could put an SSD into the iMac, but it's not easy to do. So it's probably time to get a new one. Or he can run the OS off an external hard drive. It'll be a little slower, but it could work. The new iMac's are M1, but they are low-end and limited to what one can add to it. Meanwhile, the latest iPad will come with a new M1 chip. But it doesn't impress Tom.
Leo says that the new 21" low-end iMac was the biggest surprise of this week's Apple Spring Forward Event. It comes with the M1 chip built-in, 8GB of RAM, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. It comes in six colors!
If you've got a Mac and are thinking about upgrading to a new model now, just wait a bit longer. Apple teased their next Worldwide Developers Conference for June 7, 2021. "WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS" according to Apple. So just hang on to see what new models wield the powerful M1 chip (which is currently only on the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro 13", and Mac mini) as well as a possible physical redesign. If speculation comes true, these new devices will be worth waiting for.
In addition to the upgraded A14X processor (which is the M1 processor for iPads), Apple is set to announce new iPads this month, and Leo says that they could also be bringing mini LEDs to their displays. Additionally, there may be 32" M1 iMacs coming by the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The new iMac is rumored to have up to 20 cores, 16 high performance, and 4 proficiency.
Scott's wife is going to take her Covid relief check to upgrade her laptop. What MacBook should she get? Leo says that in terms of performance, the iPad Pro is in the same class. But she could be limited in terms of software. So it depends. The three Apple M1 Macs all have the same processor running at the same speed. The MacPro has a fan, but the Air doesn't. That's really the only difference. But for portability, the Macbook Air will be an excellent choice. She can't beat the 20-hour battery life. HOWEVER, there is going to be a new Mac event coming in a few weeks.
Jeff recently bought an M1 Mac and wants to know if he needs to get extra RAM for it. Leo says that Hagabis RAM is more like storage for the M1 Mac, and doesn't offer any performance benefit. It's not even RAM really. If one wants performance with storage, Leo recommends a Thunderbolt 3 hard drive, but that's pretty expensive.