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Poll: *** The official 2020 MacBook Air/13" MacBook Pro thread (it has the M1 chip and everything!) ***

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Feek, 10 Nov 2020.

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What 2020 Apple Silicon notebook have you ordered?

  1. MacBook Air

    63 vote(s)
    70.0%
  2. 13" MacBook Pro

    27 vote(s)
    30.0%
  1. GMac11

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2012

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    Location: Northern Ireland

    October event incoming - Monday 18th.
    I’m sure the powers that be will make a dedicated thread :D
     
  2. pingwing

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Apr 2008

    Posts: 19,598

    Location: Bedford

    That's an open dare to make it before Feek :p
     
  3. Irish_Tom

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,562

    I slipped. :D
     
  4. squerble

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Apr 2009

    Posts: 4,797

    Location: UK

    Is everyone still finding the M1 to be "enough"? I do very light web browsing, emails etc., though sometimes run MainStage to play guitar and "djay" alongside to pitch shift/slow down songs from Tidal, and occasional light Lightroom use but that's about as taxing as it gets.

    Given the reviews of the Air vs base-MBP, I imagine the Air would have more than enough for me provided I spec up to 16GB RAM/512 SSD - sound about right? Currently running a 2013 13" MBP which does everything I need though sometimes I get little pauses here and there, though suspect that could be RAM swap, hence wanting to get 16GB.
     
  5. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 233,779

    Location: In the radio shack

    Yup, without a doubt whatsoever.

    It'll be a huge increase over what you've already got.

    I edit videos from time to time and I'd rather do it on my M1 MBA than my 2017 27" i7 iMac. I recently had about twenty minutes of 4K drone footage to edit and I did it all on the M1 MBA. It was noticeably quicker to work on and then export than the iMac.
     
  6. InfiniteNoise

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Feb 2011

    Posts: 1,113

    Yep, it's far more than enough for me, all I do on it are browsing, some coding (mainly HTML, CSS and a bit of JS), occasional retro gaming, with these use-case, it'll last for a while before I need to upgrade.
     
  7. squerble

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Apr 2009

    Posts: 4,797

    Location: UK

    That's good to hear. I've been monitoring usage on my 2013 13" MBP with 8GB RAM and even with a few things open I'm only getting up to about 6.5GB used. Given my workload is unlikely to change over the next couple of years, I'm thinking I'd definitely get away with just a base M1 MBA now, and get a good few years out of it.
     
  8. InfiniteNoise

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Feb 2011

    Posts: 1,113

    Yeah, I have a base M1 MBA that I got a week after they released, it was kinda an impulse purchase, but it was a good purchase.
     
  9. Bassmansam

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2007

    Posts: 3,358

    Only got it about 6 weeks ago, its absolutely fine for what i will use it for, web browsing/ youtube/ python development/ email
     
  10. OspreyO

    Mobster

    Joined: 12 Dec 2006

    Posts: 3,902

    Anyone play any games on their M1 if so what?
     
  11. Feek

    Commissario

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    Location: In the radio shack

    Eve Online.
     
  12. whiskycycle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 May 2004

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    Location: The 'Toon, UK, in Europe

    Isn’t that fully native as well now?
     
  13. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

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    Location: In the radio shack

    It’s universal so it’ll play on both Intel and M1 but it’s now a native game, not a wine hack.
    I say I play it, I log on every few days, spin my ship and log off :)
     
  14. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 27,150

    One thing that I've noticed about my M1 Air is just how bloody cold the chassis is through the winter months. My i7 Pro in comparison is a mobile heater.
     
  15. muttclugg

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Dec 2007

    Posts: 1,873

    Location: SE

    Ha me to. I keep it next to the bed in a laptop bag and I love picking it up when it's freezing cold :D.
     
  16. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,244

    Quick question guys bought a Macbook Air M1 machine a couple of days ago really pleased with it, lovely little machine.

    Do any of you guys use Aldente the battery management app ? (AppHouseKitchen – Mac Software for the Gourmet).

    Trying to preserve the Airs battery life here.

    Cheers all
     
  17. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 27,150

    No, I've never used any battery management apps in the 10 years I've had MacBook's.
     
  18. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

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    Location: In the radio shack

    No. I have coconut battery installed but that's not management, just monitoring because I like the percentage remaining indicator. I often notice that the MBA itself is keeping the battery at 80% rather than topping it off, so it's doing its own management. I don't see any need for a third party app to do something like that.

    /edit - Heat management? Heat? On an M1 MBA? Yeah, that's really not needed :D
     
  19. GMac11

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2012

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    Location: Northern Ireland

    Honestly, battery tech and the algorithms that are used for charging are advanced enough now that such matters shouldn’t even be taking up brain space.
    Yes you could mollycoddle your battery but for what little gains you could potentially get it just isn’t worth it. Just enjoy your new shiny :D
     
  20. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,244

    Thanks for the help guys much appreciated :)

    Cheers all