Leo received the new MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, and he says it runs fast, long and quiet. However, there is a bit of disappointment since not every program can run on it through the Rosetta 2 emulator. But Leo also admits that was inevitable. Every time you move to something new, there's always going to be some of your programs that get left behind.
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 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.
Norbert's 2019 MacBook Pro shuts off when the battery drops below 60%. With no warning. Leo says that he may want to check the battery status. Coconut Battery is an app that will give you more information about the battery. You want to look at the number of cycles the battery has left. Also check the battery capacity. Lithium-ion batteries only take about 500 complete cycles before needing a new battery.
Kevin wants to know about the recent MacBook. Should he go ahead and buy or wait until the new Apple Silicon models come out? Leo says that the current MacBook Pro is very nice with a 16" screen. But if you can wait, he would. The new Apple Silicon models will be fantastic since they're based on the iPad Pro chips running right now. So the hardware is field-tested and it won't take long for the intel Macs will be a bit dated. However, if you can't wait, Leo says that the Intel platform will be supported for several years. But if you can wait, Leo says you should. He is.
Anthony's son is a junior in high school and he wants to get him a MacBook Pro for college. Should he wait until the Apple Silicon models come out? Leo says that Apple is planning a staged rollout and he doesn't think the MacBook Pros will be out until 2021. But an even better choice for a college student is the MacBook Air. Leo says Anthony has plenty of time and it may be worth waiting until next year to get them. But even if he decides to get an Intel-based Mac now, they will still be supported.
Kevin is looking to get a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Or maybe an iPad Pro. What should he get? Leo says that the iPad Pro will cost the same as a laptop and has the same processor as the new Apple Silicon models will have. But he'll want to be sure to get the magic keyboard. With that, it'll perform just like a laptop. Leo would be reluctant to buy a MacBook or an iMac until the new Apple Silicon models are announced. That could cause the Intel models to drop in price. Should he wait a year to shake out all the bugs in Apple Silicon? Leo says not necessarily.
If you're going to college soon and need a new MacBook, choose carefully between the Pro and the Air. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice if your student workload will involve some intensive operations like video-editing, gaming, rendering, etc. But for the majority of majors, the new 2020 MacBook Air will get the job done at a more affordable price. Plus, on the recent models, the keyboards have been fixed!
Tanner is looking for a computer for college. He's thinking about buying the new MacBook Air. Leo says the Mac Air has a redesigned keyboard and it's fixing that nagging problem of the old butterfly keyboard design. But the processor is underpowered. if you're planning on doing video editing or other labor-intensive work, Leo says the MacBook Pro is a better option. But for a student, the Air is awesome.
Jason bought a new 16" Macbook Pro. But it doesn't come with a DVD drive. Leo says that he can buy an external DVD writer with USB-C for as low as $20. And a third party reader/writer is just fine. He can buy Apple's Superdrive for $80, and Pioneer also makes one which plays blu-ray. But he will need a USB-A to USB-C adapter.