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First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 21, 2020 06:58PM
16GB/1TB model, picked up at an Apple Store. This is my wife's new main machine, I helped set it up.

Installed a series of installs, super fast.

I used DisplayLink, works fine to have 2 external monitors. Test system is LG5K TB3 then daisy-chained via a DisplayLink to a 27" second monitor.

She's busy doing her professional video editing project due this evening. So far, running smooth.

Compared to a 2016 16GB/1TB high-end 13" MBPR, this new MBA is in a different league.

My son has a 2013 Haswell MBA, perhaps the pinnacle of Intel portable Macs as they were truly all-day battery life. These new M1 models seem to be the true v2.

I'm hearing rumors of a Mac Mini Pro. If so, that could be my next Apple Silicon purchase sometime next year or so.

In the meantime, it's a good time to buy Apple hardware for these lower-end models.
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: hal
Date: November 21, 2020 07:40PM
what software is she using for video editing?
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 21, 2020 07:50PM
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I'm hearing rumors of a Mac Mini Pro. If so, that could be my next Apple Silicon purchase sometime next year or so.

You mean the mini tower rumor?

Or you spotted something about a souped up Mac mini? (There's plenty of room in the enclosure.



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 21, 2020 07:52PM
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what software is she using for video editing?

She's adding subtitles using the Youtube video editing software (works with non-Mac users at our church), but she may resort to FCP if it gets too slow to finish tonight.
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 21, 2020 07:54PM
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I'm hearing rumors of a Mac Mini Pro. If so, that could be my next Apple Silicon purchase sometime next year or so.

You mean the mini tower rumor?

Or you spotted something about a souped up Mac mini? (There's plenty of room in the enclosure.

The idea that the extra room in the current Mac mini means Apple can put in the next M Pro Apple Silicon chip. That would add more I/O ports beyond the two current fast USB4 ports and likely offer more than 16GB RAM options.

This week's MacBreak Weekly discusses this a bit.



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 21, 2020 07:56PM
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what software is she using for video editing?

She's adding subtitles using the Youtube video editing software (works with non-Mac users at our church), but she may resort to FCP if it gets too slow to finish tonight.

This may be the first time EVER that anyone has accused the M1 of being too slow.



It is what it is.



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 21, 2020 07:59PM
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what software is she using for video editing?

She's adding subtitles using the Youtube video editing software (works with non-Mac users at our church), but she may resort to FCP if it gets too slow to finish tonight.

This may be the first time EVER that anyone has accused the M1 of being too slow.

It's the work flow on the app, forcing intermediate upload/downloads that are entirely unnecessary. Has nothing to do with the M1, and I bet the superfast SSD (and our 300Mbps fiber connection) is making tolerable something that would have been unusable when all we had was cable for uploading.
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 21, 2020 08:25PM
......the only impression I can do....is of Groucho Marx......



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 21, 2020 08:54PM
There are reliable reports of M1 Minis with 10GB Ethernet, so people are hypothesizing other upgrades in those models, too.
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 21, 2020 08:56PM
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 21, 2020 11:25PM
Dual M1 motherboard, 10 GBaseT ethernet like the previous mini, two more Thundercrap ports, and HDMI 2.1 would be really nice. It would still have a ton of empty space inside that case.



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 22, 2020 12:08AM
what kind of display link adapter are you using?



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 22, 2020 05:11AM
Compared to a 2016 16GB/1TB high-end 13" MBPR, this new MBA is in a different league.

How so?


Two more T3 ports would be great, HDMI 2.1 and 10 GBaseT ethernet would be fine.

And give us back the Sleep light!




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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 22, 2020 10:30AM
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what kind of display link adapter are you using?

This 4k USB-C docking Station

Currently $130, which is not super cheap. But it does add a ton of ports at the same time. There are other dedicated DisplayPort USB adapters - our sponsor sells one that I've used on both Macs and Windows machines. But I wanted a unified option for my workstation. This one has passthrough power, for example.

Main potential negative to this specific docking station is if you try to use it with a power hungry laptop as the pass through power is limited to 45W out. This works fine on 13" MBPR Intel and the new M1 laptops. However, does not keep a 16" MBPR properly fed when running standard apps like slack and chrome plus multiple monitors and then a real computational load. Even 60W can be hard, need like 80W or more to this beast to keep it happy. I use a second port for power in that case tied to a 100W power adapter, or to the LG 5K that has about 90W out.

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Needs this driver to be installed, which is from a non-certified developer. The hardest part about using DisplayLink is negotiating Gatekeeper in Mac OS during installation.
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Note: one other minor aspect is that when using DisplayLink, you cannot unlock your Mac using an AppleWatch. Curious bug, but touchID works fine. AppleWatch unlock is often sketchy in my experience anyway.



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 22, 2020 10:59AM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Dual M1 motherboard, 10 GBaseT ethernet like the previous mini, two more Thundercrap ports, and HDMI 2.1 would be really nice. It would still have a ton of empty space inside that case.

Add an OWC USB4 external hub and this would be the mythical mid-sized tower we are all talking about.

I'll be hopeful but skeptical...
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 22, 2020 11:01AM
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RAMd®d
Compared to a 2016 16GB/1TB high-end 13" MBPR, this new MBA is in a different league.

How so?


Two more T3 ports would be great, HDMI 2.1 and 10 GBaseT ethernet would be fine.

And give us back the Sleep light!

Trying to load simple system reports, launch Intel-native apps, etc - the 13"MBPR was painfully slow compared to the M1 MBA, and at the time the M1 MBA was still being taxed with downloading iCloud files and indexing the SSD.

The only real advantage for the Intel Mac is the ability to natively run more monitors. That, too, will come with a true Pro-level Apple Silicon laptop. Presumably with the next releases - maybe simply using two M1 chips.



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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 22, 2020 12:17PM
Update: learned about iMazing from here (thanks!), used it to get iPad apps installed on the M1 MBA. One key game has both current Mac App store versions and the iPad version. The Mac app store does NOT run on the M1 MBA, but the iPad version does when installed via iMazing.

Will be interesting to see how many such examples - I expect the iPad games will be the top reason we will do this sideloading process.
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Re: First impressions: New M1 MBA
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 22, 2020 03:18PM
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Dual M1 motherboard, 10 GBaseT ethernet like the previous mini, two more Thundercrap ports, and HDMI 2.1 would be really nice. It would still have a ton of empty space inside that case.

Add an OWC USB4 external hub and this would be the mythical mid-sized tower we are all talking about.

I'll be hopeful but skeptical...

PDS Slot cough I mean PCIe 4 slot for Ray tracing co-processor. Pizza box size format.



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