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.
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.
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.
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.
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.