M1 chip

Should I Buy the New M1 Mac Mini?

M1 Mac Mini

Episode 1808

John from St. George, Utah

John thinks he could upgrade his 10-year-old MacBook Pro to make it faster. Leo says those older ones were great because users could upgrade the RAM and hard drives. Nowadays, they're soldered in. But even though he can upgrade it, he won't be able to run the latest OS on it. Is the M1 Mac Mini a good deal at $599? Leo says yes. It's a great machine. He can use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard when starting up, but it works best with an Apple brand. Leo says that he will be very happy with the M1. It's massively faster and at $600, it's a good deal. What about 16GB of RAM?

Will Apple Ever Bring Back the 11" MacBook?

11" Macbook air

Episode 1790

Valerie from Victorville, CA

Valerie wants to know if Apple will ever bring back the small 11" Macbook Air. She's on her second one. Leo says he doesn't really know. But the rumor is, that they will do a 14" with no bezel, so it'll have a smaller form factor. Look for it in June. But an 11" model isn't really in the cards anymore. The other option would be the MacBook Air, and with the M1 chip.

Should I Upgrade to M1 MacBook Air or Wait for the New Pro?

MacBook Air

Episode 1790

Al from Columbia, SC

Al has a 2015 MacBook Pro and he's looking to upgrade to a new model. Is the MacBook Air a good model? Leo says that Al will be very happy with it. It's got the M1 processor, a max of 16GB of RAM, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. And it's not that different from the MacBook Pro, other than a fan.  He will also get a TB in storage and an extra GPU core.  So if he can afford it, max it out.  So now is a good time to buy, but keep in mind that June is WWDC and Leo is expecting new MacBook Pros to be announced, including a 16" model.

Should I Get an M1 Mac or Wait for the Mac Pro?

M1 Apple Chip

Episode 1765

Mike from IRC Chat

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.

Will the M1 Apple Silicon laptops work with GNU utilities?

Apple M1 Chip

Episode 1749

Ralph from Orange County, CA

Ralph wants to know if the new MacPro M1 laptops will still run GNU utilities and have command-line access. Leo says a lot of them won't work. Some can run under Rosetta, but others don't. So it depends on what you want to do. But Leo also says that those incompatibilities will be fewer and farther between as developers put out new versions in time. Many will also go to native apps.

Apple announces new Macs with Home Grown ARM based Chips

Apple's M1 Chip

Episode 1746

This past week at their "One More Thing" event, Apple officially announced three new Macs containing their new in-house Apple Silicon processors. The new M1 processor promises high performance at low power. Apple announced three new models, two laptops and one desktop. The models include a new 13" Mac Air, new 13" Macbook Pro, and a new generation Mac Mini. But this doesn't mean that Apple has completely abandoned the Intel platform.

Apple Announces Silicon Macs, but Big Sur has Privacy Concerns

m1

Episode 1745

Apple announced their M1 based Apple Silicon Mac laptops this week, including the 13" Mac Air, 13" Mac Pro, and the Mac Mini. Leo says it's the first generation, and that's causing many to wait. Leo also says that RAM is limited to 16GB because it has been wired into the logic board. Called Unified Memory Architecture, it's known to be faster. So maybe we don't need as much RAM moving forward as we think.