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.
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.
Jack bought a Macbook for school for his daughter, but it came with the terrible butterfly keyboard. Now she won't use it. Should he trust that Apple has fixed that problem? Leo says Apple has finally admitted the keyboard is a bad design and will fix it, even out of warranty. But they'll also take them as a trade-in for a new computer. Leo recommends getting the Macbook M1 MacBook Air. They are super fast and come with a completely redesigned keyboard. No more butterflies.
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.
If you recently bought a new Macbook to replace a much older Mac, you may have trouble restoring old backups of photos and video stored in iPhoto from the elder machine. Pictures in iPhoto are stored in a blob called the "library". You have to right-click on the icon (which is secretly a folder) and select Show Package Contents, then you can find the original photo files (possibly sorted by year) that can be copied to your backup location.