Late 2020 Macbook Air M1

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    I noticed that all the Macs with a M1 only have two Thunderbolt/USB4 ports and these are:
    • Macbook Air
    • Macbook Pro 13"
    • Mac mini
    Macs with four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports are using Intel chips.

    The next Macs to transition to Apple Silicon would be the following with four Thunderbolt/USB4 ports by April 2021.
    • Mac mini
    • Macbook Pro 13"
    • Macbook Pro 16"
    I wonder if these Macs with two Thunderbolt/USB-C ports and four USB3 ports will be included during that Mac event or be part of the mid-2021 update.
    • iMac 21.5"
    • iMac 27"
    iMac Pro and Mac Pro may get an update in late 2021.
     
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    Macs with M1 have Thunderbolt 4 not Thunderbolt 3.



    ATM Big Sur on Apple Silicon does not have driver support for eGPU. Expect it in a future update by the time higher-end Macs are updated to higher-end Apple Silicon.
     
    #9 yoh_hectic, Nov 18, 2020
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    Oh. I didn't think it will be Thunderbolt 4. I thought it was USB4 (which integrates Thunderbolt 3) only. Though there are minimal differences between TB3 & TB4.
     
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    Apple markets it as

    Two Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 ports.

    Press people took it as marketing speak for TB3 and not TB4.

    Someone tore down his Mac Mini with M1 to verify that two Intel JHL8040R controllers are being used.

    TB4 and USB4 have overlapping similarities but are different.
     
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    Bottom line
    • 65% faster single-core and more than 3x faster multi-core (Geekbench)
    • 2.7x faster GPU (Metal)
    • Web browsing test - 225 runs per minute vs 97
    • Blackmagic Disk: 2252mb/s read & 2636mb/s write VS 812mb/s read & 1300mb/s write vs
    • x4 faster gaming performance on (GFX benchmark)
    • 70-75 FPS vs 30 FPS in League of Legends (2560 x 1600 Max settings while running x86)
    • Logic Pro: 94 tracks vs 8 tracks
    • M1 is 7 degrees cooler (both 40 degrees maxed out in Cinebench)
    • 30% better battery life on the M1 (37% vs 7%)
    • M1 has wider color gamut and supports P3
    • Beats native x86 while emulating rosetta
     
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    The M1 is a revolutionary chip. I am very tempted to buy one but I honestly dont need it and its a first gen product.

    but seeing it run games at high to ultra setting with good frame rate while using integrated graphics and under emulation.. its just too much for me to resist lol
     
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    VERY TEMPTING CHRISTMAS gift for myself, for going thru this pandemic :)
     
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    Just sold my newly bought macbook air to get this M1, dont mind if i only bought it 3 months ago, too hard to pass up, i’m willing to be a beta tester haha... first time I’m more excited for new macbooks to arrive than the new iphones
     
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    Blown away by all the performance based on reviews! Can't wait to get my hands on one
     
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    Apple created a SKU with only 128GB storage for the MBA with M1 that is for the US education market.

    It costs $799 + 12% VAT so you may ask your in-campus Apple reseller about it if the PH education market has it.

    SKU is MGN83LL.
     
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    Thanks to the M1 chip, a lot of people are selling their 2018-2020 MBAs. I expect to see a significant drop in 2nd hand price on the Intel MBAs. Still a good purchase for those just needing something for light workload/media consumption.

    I also don’t see any need to hold back on purchasing the new MBA as soon as it’s available, even though it’s first gen. The reviews have been great! But I don’t think it’s worth upgrading from an existing 2018-2020 MBA to 2020 M1MBA, if you’re a light user. Especially if you paid for the i5 version.
     
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    This would be my ideal transition

    For my dad.

    My dad still on a 2016 Macbook 12" rather than on a 2018 Macbook Air and 2012 iMac 27" rather than a 2015 iMac 21.5".

    Upgrade from the 2016 MB to the late 2020 Macbook Air 16GB 1TB with Apple Silicon.

    Upgrade from the 2012 iMac to the early 2021 iMac 16GB 1TB with Apple Silicon.

    For me.

    I should still be on a 2013 Macbook Air instead of a 2019 Macbook Pro 16" and 2015 iMac 27" instead of a 2012 iMac 27".

    Upgrade from the 2013 MBA to the early 2021 Macbook Pro 16" with Apple Silicon. The current design is 53 weeks old so no redesign is expected.

    Upgrade from the 2015 iMac to the 2022 iMac 27" or larger. The current design debuted over 8 years ago so get the first redesign that is expected by that year.

    Imagine the performance per Watt of the base model Apple Silicon.

    It's just bonkers.

    Last month someone offered to buy my 2015 iMac 27" and I should have sold it before this month's Mac event.

    Yes, I would be without an iMac for 2 years but I can make do with the 2013 MBA until a early 2021 Macbook Pro 16" with Apple Silicon came out. I could backup the iMac to bootable drive or Time machine backup.

    I was running the assumption that Apple's performance per Watt improvement would be like that of PowerPC to Intel. An evolution rather than a revolution.

    Another I should have done was immediately sold off any old PowerPC or Intel Macs that I replaced.

    It would save me space and the itch to repair. Sell before it breaks down.

    Basta... sayang. just because of bad buying decisions.

    TL;DR:
    • Should have sold off all my PowerPC and Intel Macs that I replaced within the day of replacement.
    • For my dad: should have kept to using 2016 Macbook 12" & 2012 iMac 27" until Apple Silicon 2020 Macbook Air 13" & 2021 iMac 27" came out
    • For me: should have kept to using 2013 Macbook Air and 2015 iMac 27" until Apple Silicon 2021 Macbook Pro 16" and 2022 iMac redesign came out.
     
    #19 yoh_hectic, Nov 21, 2020
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    Former/current Philmugger, Prince made review as well.

     

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