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My Thoughts on Apple's new 2020 M1 MacBook Pro

Brett Nichols

Posted on November 22, 2020 02:56

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My thoughts on the new M1 MacBook Pro and its performance that blazes the specs of the rest of the MacBook Pro line yet has the features of a lower-end device.

Several months ago, I wrote a post about the higher-end 2020 MacBook pros and advised those hoping to buy a lower-end Mac to wait until they refreshed the line. I can now confidently say that my advice was one hundred percent accurate. The new lower-end MacBook Pros as of this week were released and boy-howdy they’re fast! The computer has up to 5 times faster graphics performance than that of past macs, the fastest single-core performance score than any other Mac on the market, and the battery lasts for up to twenty hours!

How is all this possible you ask? Apple just came out with its own chipset called Apple silicon and shoved them into their computers! It’s a bit more complicated than that, but it’s far more fun to say “shove” instead of “they carefully designed and grafted their chipset onto the motherboard.”

The new pro and the MacBook Air and Mac mini were all updated with this chipset and all similarly come with insanely fast specs in comparison to their previous models. This is honestly great, and even greater because it is based on the same chips as those in an iPhone and iPad. That actually means you will now be able to use the apps on your phone as your computer!

However, with great speed comes...one gripe from me — particularly in light of the MacBook Pro. The higher-end, lower-end balance has been demolished by Apple once again. As this shifty new pro is ‘only’ made in the lower-end variation. Where it is great for the wallet-more power to them in that regard, there are certain elements (*ahem* *ahem* four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 drives, instead of just two USB-C 3 drives) that are in the higher-end that are missing in the lower-end. In perfect honesty my gripe, though perhaps sounding nit-picky and spoiled, is definitely one that higher-end pro users will be scratching their heads over as well. The user who buys the lower end only gets two ports instead of four and those two are vastly slower than those on the higher-end models in addition to the fact they cannot connect their computer to multiple monitors or an external GPU. Make the models both the same, Apple!

It isn’t the first time Apple has made their products unbalanced. I fondly remember the time you could purchase an iPad Pro that was several times faster than the higher-end 15 inch MacBook Pro. Those Macs cost serious cash so I’m sure there were some confused people who regretted breaking bling with their Mac purchase. Joking aside, it is fairly bizarre on a business level that Apple keeps giving the power to their lower-end products before their higher-end ones. Perhaps this time since the chipset is new, they want the lower-end buyers to be their “guinea pigs” for the new product line?

What are your thoughts on Apple’s decision? 

Brett Nichols

Posted on November 22, 2020 02:56

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