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.
Welcome to my review of the 2017 13″ MacBook Pro. After using the laptop for a few months I found some features I really enjoyed and some I wish they had gone without.
Overall though, like any Apple product it really is well-designed and a real pleasure to use as a daily driver.
I also did a video review of the MacBook pro which you can check out below:
Right out of the box you can tell by the build quality that it’s an Apple product it has a solid aluminium body and really nicely defined edges.
As it is with a majority of Apple products people don’t mind spending extra due to just how good the design and build quality is.
This is the base model here which runs for around $1500 Aussie dollars and so far it’s been reliable and a pleasure to use.
I edit my videos on a Mac and I’ve had iphones over the years that have all been great and this MacBook Pro is no different I really enjoy the Apple ecosystem and how well the devices work not just standalone but together as well.
One of the largest drawbacks of choosing a MacBook over other laptops out there is number of ports or lack there of.
So there’s 2 USB type -C ports on the far left. You can charge in either one and that’s all there is so yes you’ll need to buy some dongles.
Especially if you need to download video files from an SD card or plug in a USB type A device like an external hard drive.
MacBook Pros are really well suited for on the go video editing because they have the power to handle any kind of video software with no problems at all.
Final Cut Pro has it’s benefits because it’s so well optimised for Mac OS but personally I use Adobe Premiere and haven’t had any issues.
The keyboard has butterfly series two switches that have a very low key travel and definitely take some getting used to if you’re coming from a mechanical keyboard or any other keyboard really.
I found the keyboard really easy to use and it felt comfortable after hours of typing, the keys have a nice tactile feel to them.
The speaker setup is a big improvement on previous models with stereo speakers that boast a high dynamic range.
I noticed a huge improvement in sound quality when comparing it with my older MacBook air.
Having only two USB C ports is somewhat limiting especially for content creators.
I would much prefer an SD card slot and one USBC port with an additional USB type A port.
Just like the move to wireless head phones the same is happening for laptops with fewer ports.
That’s fine it just means you need additional dongles but I would prefer as an apple user to have them in built in the laptop as so many other people have voiced their preference for this too.
I find it interesting that the MacBook pro has kept the headphone jack though on the right-hand side but
quite a number of Apple phones from the i-phone 7 onward don’t have a head phone jack at all.
Hard Drive storage is fairly limited on the base model with 128 gigs which might not be enough for most people especially if you have a lot of video files you like to keep on your computer.
This is where you’ll likely need an external hard drive or usb storage to solve this problem because upgrading to the 256 gig model MacBook will cost you $300 dollars more.
The track pad on the other hand is one of the stand out features of the MacBook pro and it’s one of the best track pads available on a laptop right now.
It’s really smooth and the haptic engine gives it a mechanical feel even though it’s design is quite simplistic with a single piece of glass situated on top of a motor.
It’s one of the most responsive track pads I’ve come across.
Battery life is impressive with up to 10 hours wireless web browsing and movie playback time.
Keeping the screen brightness set at around 50% should see you out the whole day without needing to recharge, which is excellent.
There is a 54.5 watt hour lithium polymer battery built in and the charging cable is a 61W USB C Cable connected to a Power Adapter.
A minor downside to this charging setup is that if you trip over the cable for whatever reason you end up with the laptop on the floor and possibly damaged.
I would much prefer the mag safe cable setup that the older MacBooks had.
You never had to worry about this issue, instead the cable would just come straight off and no harm done to your laptop.
If you’re doing video editing the battery life is cut in half to around five to six hours at least with the base model.
Models with the touch bar have one to two hours more battery life for video editing.
Performance of the MacBook Pro is descent, this is the i5 based model with 8 gigs of RAM
It performs well against similar laptops in the price range including the HP Spectre and Dell XPS 13
The fan for the MacBook pro really only turns on during video editing or video calling with extra processes running in the background
General use is pretty much silent you don’t hear it kick inWhilst web browsing for example.
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