Macbook Pro

Apple's October Mac Event Monday

Apple Unleashed

Episode 1838

To kick off the holiday shopping season, Apple will be holding its October event tomorrow, and the speculation is that new MacBook Pros, a Mac Mini, and AirPods 3 will be announced. There is also a rumor that a completely redesigned AppleTV will also be previewed. The second-generation Apple Silicon processor is also believed to be called the M1 Pro and M1 Max respectively. And users are hoping that a 27" M1 iMac will also be shown. Maybe.

Did Apple Decide Not to Announce New MacBooks at the Last Minute?

m1x

Episode 1804

According to the metadata for Apple's WWDC Presentation on Tuesday, Apple may have been poised to announce new M1X MacBooks, and an M1X Mac Pro tower, but may have decided not to at the last minute. The tags had listings for both inserted into the metadata of the keynote on YouTube and at Apple.com.  But Leo says that according to The Supply Chain, production won't begin until Q2, making both ready for the Holiday shopping season. So look for announcements this Fall.

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 Buy a New Mac or iPad Pro?

iPad Pro

Episode 1784

Phil from Dallas. TX

Phil has an original iPad Pro and iPhone. Should he upgrade? Leo says that those are both still fine. But you may want to think about the M1 Mac. That's a huge shift. But don't buy it just yet. Apple does have an event in June for the Worldwide developers' conference, and Leo thinks there may be a new generation M1 chip. So keep your powder dry on buying a new Mac until June. But he's expecting a new iPad Pro this month with an A14X chip, the mobile version of the M1+. Also note, that the current MacBook Pro and the latest iPad Air both have the same chip. 

What Mac should I Buy?

Mac air

Episode 1778

Scott from Orange County, CA

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.

Is it worth replacing the hard drive in my old MacBook Pro?

SanDisk Solid State Drive

Episode 1754

Joy from Thousand Oaks, CA

Joy has a 2012 13" Macbook Pro. Is it worth it to replace the hard drive with an SSD and boost the RAM? Leo says it's worth it ... if you want to do it. It'll require a special tool, but you can get that at OWC. And OWC will have videos showing you how to do it. And the boost in performance will be huge with an SSD drive. It'll cost about $200 to do it. But if you like to tinker, it's a great little project that's easy to do.

Another place to research how is at iFixit.

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.

Why is my laptop shutting off with 60% battery life?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1740

Norbert from Escondido, CA

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.