Buying a M1 MacBook may be premature

by Volker Weber

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This in an iMac G5. Or is it an iMac Intel? When Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel, it retained the old design with the new chip. The next refresh changed everything. And my hunch is that the same is going to happen to the MacBook. It looks extremely old-fashioned with the large bezels around the screen and the tapered edges.

What if the real M1 Macbook looks like an iPad Pro?

Comments

haha, danke für das Argument - die Vernunft sagt zu warten aber die Versuchung ist groß.

Samuel Orsenne, 2020-12-28

I hope you’re right and this is where Apple is heading hardware-wise. It might be related to another substantial, potential change: Their PR line over the years has been that tablets and PCs/Macs/notebooks are entirely different beasts requiring different approaches in terms of OS, philosophy, design approaches or whatever term they used. Jobs’ conviction about pens as awful input devices for slate-ish computers has been held loosely by Apple in recent years. Will they do the same with the idea of separation of slates and notebooks? Convergence of libraries seems to point in that direction and with M1 such convergence appears to become feasible. How many WWDC cycles would they need to pull it off?

Andreas Schmidt, 2020-12-28

Oha! Eine Alex-Warnung?1 :-)
Danke für den Tip, wollte schon investieren!

Jörg Hermann, 2020-12-28

Nein, keine Alex-Warnung. Wer behauptet, er weiß, was Apple machen wird, sollte seinen Kopf aus dem Hintern ziehen. :-)

Aber sowohl die iMacs als auch die MacBooks brauchen dringend ein Design Refresh.

Volker Weber, 2020-12-28

Wäre mal Zeit vom dünner/leichter Trip runter zu kommen und PRO Maschinen anzubieten:
- 4K
- more ports
- more battery
- more storage / RAM

Stephan Wissel, 2020-12-28

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3

Volker Weber, 2020-12-28

What if the next gen iMac and MacBook actually works like an iPad?! (In the sense of with touchscreen and so on)

I must admit, I haven’t touched or even closely looked at the new M1 devices, so I can’t really judge how close we already are...

Ragnar Schierholz , 2020-12-28

I wait for the new iMac, with an M1 processor, my son thought to buy it now but it would have been a mistake, possibly in a short time we will have the 21.5-inch, the iMac mini I think it is also a good choice at the moment

Martin Ortega, 2020-12-28

Oh yes, the Mac mini m1 is a beast. Yes it’s off topic but I finally got 3 screens connected and do my daily work on it since i received it beginning of December. My MacBook is used only when traveling (i opened it twice in December) and what I really miss is the fingerprint sensor.
Also Mac mini wants a new design :) but i passed the touch discussion - let’s see what the future brings. Yes the number of ports is small but manageable, and 16g may be a limitation somewhen but the decision was great

Volker Jürgensen, 2020-12-29

I see where you’re coming from, and wouldn’t argue that a major redesign is on the horizon.

However, switching from a 2017 MBP 15” to an M1 MBP has cut my Final Cut export time by more than 50%, and has made using any of the pro apps (Final Cut, Logic, Lightroom etc) much smoother and more enjoyable. Even if this machine is only the latest/greatest for six months, it will have more than paid for itself.

If you need a new Mac now, don’t hold back.

Stuart McIntyre, 2020-12-29

Macbook M1: the best business laptop I've ever had. Goodbye ThinkPad.
Buy an M1 now. You won't regret it.
Happy new year to Volker and everyone here!

Horia Stanescu, 2020-12-29

I found the Mac mini M1 to be a great choice to step into the new Apple Silicon world. Work silence and performance (Final Cut Pro with 4K 10-Bit material) are just great. Interface options are OK. If something requires Intel (in my case so far only VMware Fusion), I still have a MacBook Pro by hand. Areas to be improvable (should be true with M1 MacBooks, too): LG 5K monitor only works with Thunderbolt (HDMI and DisplayPort max out at 4K), Bluetooth is unreliable (Logitech MX Keys and MX Master 3 are only recognized after booting up with dongle, sometimes they even disappear completely and computer needs to be restarted) and external SD disk performance sucks compared to Macbook Intel. But these are no news for early adaptors.

Peter Meuser, 2020-12-29

Peter, yes, I can confirm that the Bluetooth is very, very, flakey on the Mac Mini M1.

I had a Logitech M570 mouse and MX Keys keyboard running off a Logitech Unifying Bluetooth dongle, and the mouse was completely unusable (mouse kept dropping the connection). I have replaced it with a cable-connected mouse until Apple sorts out the Bluetooth issues.

Strangely the keyboard is working fine with the Unifying dongle, and I was able to do the initial setup with the Bluetooth keyboard (it had been set up and paired on a PC), which surprised me - thought I would need a normal keyboard for that.

John Wilson Keys, 2020-12-31

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