Apple’s recent event caused quite the conversation amongst Apple enthusiasts and critics alike with the announcement of their very own chip designed exclusively for the Mac with power efficiency and small form factor being just some of the critical design elements of this new powerhouse of a chip.
M1 boasts a build process that includes a mind-boggling 5-nanometre-process and has 16 billion transistors, which according to Apple is the most they have ever squeezed into a chip of this size. So what does this mean for you then, the end-user?
Huge Performance Leap
M1 delivers 3.5x faster CPU performance, 6x faster GPU performance, and 15x faster machine learning but what really peaked everyone’s attention was the 2x battery life than the previous generation of Macs.
GPU, CPU, I/O, Security All in 1
One of the most impressive design elements of the M1 is the integration of multiple pieces of hardware inside the new Macs. This means that instead of having your CPU, Graphics, Security, and I/O split up into individual chips it’s now all apart of one individual chip that improves how collectively these new generations of Mac will function.
M1 has an 8-core CPU consisting of four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. These are the world’s fastest CPU cores in low-power silicon which is good news for photographers editing in RAW high res images and developers building apps faster than ever before.
So in short high-performance cores are best for single-threaded tasks and all four in conjunction give a big increase in multithreaded performance.
M1 also features integrated graphics utilizing its 8 cores to handle seamless playback of multiple 4k video streams to 3D rendering scenes and boasts 2.6 teraflops of throughput.
Machine Learning Speed
Tasks such as voice recognition, image processing, and video analysis have also been improved with the chip design allowing you to edit up to 6k video in Apples own iMovie with a MacBook Air.
M1 Mac Air, Pro, and Mini
Apple’s M1 chip is in the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini all with varying price ranges the mac mini starts off at A$1,099 the Macbook Air A$1,599 leaving the MacBook Pro Starting at A$1,999.
These are available in Australia starting from the 17th of November 2020. It will be interesting to see how many people will make the upgrade to experience what these new generations of Mac can help them create.
There has been a lot of hype surrounding Motorolas new release of the re-imagined razr flip phone and everyone has been excited about it especially the tech reviewers who got to attend the launch party.
According to multiple sources the lighting was pretty terrible at the event for taking video of the new smart phone but other than that the overall first impressions of the phone was somewhat mixed.
The form factor of this smart phone is really pushing the boundaries of innovation, it’s the only re-designed flip phone in the smart phone market and they have done a really thoughtful job of the design.
Time will tell if the hinged design holds up like Motorola claims it will but the fact that it’s a flip phone at all brings a sense of nostalgia for people who had one of the older flip phones back in the day, lets face it, it’s pretty awesome.
One of the more exciting features of the Razr is the night vision shooting, and a few people have tested just how well it works and the results have been quite impressive.
A lot of people take photos whilst out on the town or with friends so it makes a lot of sense to include this stand out feature in a smart phone. It’s not something a lot of smart phone companies have thought to address though, Motorola being the leader on that front.
The price is well, up there at $1500 but I think a lot of it has to do with the innovation they have put into the Razr. The size of the Razr when it’s folded away is half that of other smart phones on the market and for some, this will be the literal best part of its design.
It has a satisfyingly soft snap shut from top to bottom without any visible gap between the screen and with this genius design they have come up with a solution that the Samsung galaxy fold and other foldable phones are yet to discover, with no gap it just looks much more clean.
The screen is a plastic OLED display, so time will tell if it holds up without getting completely destroyed, the verdict is still out on this.
How does it fold Flat?
There is a cavity that keeps the looped portion of the screen locked in place. With a very small gap between the display and hinge but it’s hidden so you don’t have to look at it.
How tall is the Razr? How does it feel in the hand?
One handed use is really good on the Razr with the apps situated near the base of the screen to make it easier for this purpose. The 6.2-inch display is some what tall yet narrow and has a 2142×876 pixel resolution.
Is it a suitable pocket companion?
Slides right into jean pockets, jackets and is surprisingly compact.
Smaller coin pockets might be a little bit more challenging but I would bet that it does.
Is there an external screen similar to the Fold?
The Razr has a smaller 2.7-inch display that is external when the phone is closed away meant for showing notifications, the time, alerts, and basic phone status information like battery life and signal.
Why does it have a massive chin at the base of the phone?
Housing a number of important components to the Razr the chin holds within it the vibration motor, GPS and Wifi modules, as well as the optical fingerprint reader.
Also, it acts as like a handle almost for you to grab a hold of whilst you’re consuming content.
Is the open to talk nostalgia still there?
Yes you can flip it open to answer a call, you can put it on speaker and have it closed as long as speaker phone is enabled, video calling or have Bluetooth initiated.
You can also control your music with the phone closed via the outer screen which is handy as well.
What’s it like to consume content on?
Landscape mode is best for watching movies and content on the Razr, Motorola named the screen a Cinemavision display which is 21:9 aspect ratio.
I’ll be looking forward to getting more hands on with it though to see if it handles all type of video content from YouTube, to Netflix and others.
Are the cameras easy to use and how well do they perform?
The exterior display houses a 16-megapixel camera just below it which will likely be what you use a majority of the time for selfies and higher quality images.
In addition to this there is a 5-megapixel camera when you unfold the Razr which is likely to be used for video calling. No wide angle lens but there is Night Vision mode for taking photos when you’re out on the town and it performs very well in low light conditions.
Operating System:Android™ 9 Pie
Memory (RAM) 6 GB
Main Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, octa-core, 2.2 GHz
Apple has recently made the launch of the new 16-inch MacBook pro legitimate. It boasts a larger display, improved keyboard, and they are saying farewell to the butterfly or rather failfly keyboard.
You can pre-order right now from Apple with the laptop expected to be in store by weeks end. If you want yours ASAP ordering through Apple will get it to you faster, with other retailers not stocking the 16-inch Pro until later down the track.
So the question on a lot of Apple enthusiasts minds is “should I get one?” the answer well, I would wait until the reviews and go from there.
The 16-inch is set to replace the 15-inch model which are priced the same but the value is WAY more with a larger screen size and “Magic” keyboard.
The insane part about this laptop is you can configure the storage up to 8TB! The cost will follow of course but standard it comes with 1TB still double the previous model though which is welcomed.
The same option is available for the graphics card configurable up to 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
Same as before though the processor remains unchanged from the 15-inch model.
With more power comes more weight in this case an extra 7 percent to 1.95kg and it has put on a little size physically as well with a 5 percent thicker frame coming it at 16.3mm to allow for the re-designed cooling system, larger battery and to prevent the throttling issues the last model encountered.
It didn’t come with a flashy keynote product launch like so many new Apple product releases do, they just seemed to have addressed and fixed a lot of the issues the touch bar models were having like the keyboard and throttling and have just taken action with a drop in upgrade which is really awesome, well done again Apple.