Do you really need a digital supercar for your daily computing?
Let’s face it, if there’s one thing you can expect from Apple with a new premium product, it’s that the price is going to be steep. That’s true with these new MacBook Pros. While Apple worked hard to bring an entry-level model to $ 1 below the psychological barrier of $ 2000, that model was scaled back; there is no fast charging AC adapter, the M1 Pro is reduced from a 10-core processor to an 8-core processor, and from a 16-core GPU to a 14-core processor, presumably thanks to in chip binning.
A starter 14-inch MacBook Pro equivalent to the 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $ 2,300. This 16-inch Pro costs $ 2,500. While the display size difference at $ 200 seems fair, Apple’s cut of the package to $ 2000 is severe.
If you do decide to compromise to get yourself a new MacBook, then this stripped-down 14-inch MacBook Pro is one Apple clearly wants you to consider.
I suggest you dig deep into the portfolio and stop to think about exactly what you need to do with your new laptop. Even though this is the first Apple Silicon chip for the Mac platform, Apple’s M1 processor currently shipped in the Mac Mini and MacBook Air delivers a significant amount of power and capacity, far more than that. what you’d expect from the equivalent Intel-based MacBook Air. and Mac Mini hardware.
Some computing tasks require powerful processors and graphics processors, and in previous years developers and media creators have naturally looked to the top of a company’s wallet to find laptops that are portable enough while still having the power. power needed to be creative while traveling. Apple Silicon broke this obstacle on the platform. The M1 can comfortably handle much of that workload – I doubt you’re planning on putting together a Hollywood blockbuster on a MacBook air, but a long-running 4K YouTube video? No problem.
Get out of the mindset that you have to hit the top end of the wallet to get the power you need? That bit of psychology hasn’t changed, even though silicon has changed.
That doesn’t mean you automatically buy the entry-level MacBook Air, but seriously consider it with a list of things you’ll do with the laptop.
One thing that has become clear from reading the forums and community groups is that the limiting factor on early M1 compatible Macs, be it the MacBook Air, the low-end MacBook Pro, or the Mac Mini, is RAM.
For those looking for solid video editing, 8GB of RAM is the real limiting factor rather than processing power. If you’re looking to work on your own YouTube channel, online projects, or other multimedia that doesn’t need a lot of professional power, then the M1 Macs will be more than enough … as long as you go for 16GB of RAM when ordering your laptops.
The easiest way to think about it is to go to the Rolling Stones. When shopping for a new MacBook, you can’t always get what you want. but if you try sometimes you find that you get what you need. You might think you want the MacBook Pro with all the big numbers, shiny promises, and heady benchmarks.
What you need is something that does what you need, with enough free space it can do this job for many years to come, affordably.
For some, that means a supercar from a laptop. For everyone else, the MacBook Air is what you need.
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