(Pocket-Lint) – Apple has introduced a new platform for the Silicon Event Mac – as expected – as well as the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 as expected. There was a Mac mini that we did not expect, however the development units that were released to the developers in June had to be provided by the Mac minis.
But one thing stood out to me – the lack of a killer feature for newer Macs. The eight-core M1 chip is the finest part of the ARM-based mobile computing chip design, and the technical capabilities are astounding. But what it does do is enable us to get the features we saw on the Mac and the iPod Pro.
For example, we were really surprised that Face ID did not have ISIM support, perhaps even the 5G option for Air. While touch is not always possible, it is possible now. It feels like the arrogance about touch on the Mac will continue – because as Macos moves from version 10 to 11, this is a great opportunity to break with tradition and change the meaning of the Mac – after all, there is no big change in the exterior design.
Because I really want an iPod pro-type device, but instead of the iPod I can use MacOS to give you the full desktop usability when you need it. It’s likely to be a new MacBook air-style device.
Instead, Apple Air appealed to potential buyers by offering the M1, faster graphics, faster SSDs – always welcome, and more battery life – offering the best performance and fanless design of ARM-based chips. MacBook Air – Super Welcome.
In fact, as with the previous generation, the Air seems to be a better buy than the entry level MacBook Pro. Air attracts up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback, with the Pro offering an extra two hours. Startup Chime is back, and this is a small feature that we welcome.
Of course, when evaluating the suitability of these machines it will all depend on the applications and their compatibility with the new M1 chip. As Apple has the upcoming Adobe Creative Suite applications for Silicon, we see big names diving in soon. But can Rosetta 2 really paper on app compatibility? Apple seems to have a silicon limit on the RAM – caped at 16GB – which may disappoint some MacBook Pro 13 buyers as well.
Despite these unknowns, we are sure that Apple will sell the oodles of these new machines. It’s sure to be a fun few months for new users to find out how Apple compatible with Silicon Max.
We hope that in 2021 Apple will have more interesting Mac hardware. Because it looks like Apple could be more courageous today – radical Max demands radical processor change.
Written by Dan Graham.
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