De reviews van alle Macs met Apple’s nieuwe M1-chip
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De reviews van alle Macs met Apple’s nieuwe M1-chip
Toen Tim Cook en de zijnen pas de nieuwe Macs met de nieuwe M1-chip presenteerden werd veel verteld en beweerd, maar waarschijnlijk zijn we allemaal nog nooit zó nieuwsgierig geweest naar de eerste reviews. Die komen inmiddels uit, en blijken unaniem positief.

Daarbij gaat het niet alleen over de snelheid, maar ook heel veel over hoe indrukwekkend lang je met deze laptops kan werken zonder dat die ‘aan de lader’ moeten. Verder komt ook vaak aan bod dat de 13-inch MacBook Pro weliswaar een actief koelsysteem heeft, maar dat dit ook onder zware belasting onhoorbaar is.

Hieronder het overzicht, zoveel mogelijk ingedeeld per model (maar sommige reviewers behandelen ze allemaal).

MacBook Air

YouTuber Marques Brownlee:

Henry T. Casey van Tom’s Guide:

Julian Chokkattu voor Wired:
Ditching Intel has removed the shackles from the laptop, unleashing a force to be reckoned with.

Battery life is unreal, easily lasting more than a full workday. Great performance overall, even on Rosetta apps. It's light and slim, and absolutely silent. You also get nice speakers, an excellent keyboard, a good display, and solid microphone quality.

Devindra Hardawar voor Engadget:
Faster than most PCs, no fan required

Apple’s new MacBook Air is its most refined ultraportable yet, mostly due to the new M1 system-on-a-chip. It’s incredibly fast and completely silent, since it has no fan. It’s the first step towards unifying Apple’s hardware and software on Macs, and just like the iPhone and iPad, the result is a sleek and polished experience.

Nilay Patel voor The Verge:
Apple’s M1 processor has many upsides, with few downsides

There are two things to say about the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 chip: one, the M1 and the work Apple has done to make a difficult processor transition seamless is a remarkable success; and two, this particular MacBook Pro doesn’t necessarily seem like a worthwhile upgrade over the MacBook Air with an M1 chip.

Yes, it offers slightly better sustained performance and a little more battery life than the Air. But I would happily trade back the seconds of faster rendering time on the Pro for the hours of frustration caused by the Touch Bar. And if you have much more serious performance needs, it seems likely that you might want more than two ports, 16GB of RAM, and only one external display. So this machine is a tweener — an excellent, fascinating tweener, but a tweener nonetheless.

Really, the biggest accomplishment of the MacBook Pro is that I cannot wait to see what Apple’s chip team can do when it aims for Apple’s truly pro machines.

13-inch MacBook Pro

YouTuber Matthew Moniz:

YouTuber Andru Edwards:

Tom Brant voor PC Mag:
The M1 makes the MacBook Pro even better

Overall, the latest MacBook Pro is worth considering if you want a choice of Apple or Intel processors and can make use of the Touch Bar and other "pro" features. It was already an excellent ultraportable, and assuming you can take advantage of the M1's potential, it's now even better.

Matthew Panzarino voor TechCrunch:
Yeah, Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro is powerful, but it’s the battery life that will blow you away

Apple has spent the last decade “fixing” its battery problem by continuing to carve out massive performance gains via its A-series chips all while maintaining essentially the same (or slightly better) battery life across the iPhone lineup. No miracle battery technology has appeared, so Apple went in the opposite direction, grinding away at the chip end of the stick.

What we’re seeing today is the result of Apple flipping the switch to bring all of that power efficiency to the Mac, a device with 5x the raw battery to work with. And those results are spectacular.

John Gruber voor Daring Fireball:
Better necessarily implies different.

I chatted with one Apple employee who’d been using this hardware for months, and after it was unveiled, his daughter texted him to ask if the new MacBooks were faster than hers. “Much” was his one-word response. Then he texted again: “Much much.”

You can add as many muches as you want, and it won’t convey the seismic shift the M1 represents. No one talks about not getting fired for buying IBM anymore. Soon, no one will think you always lose betting against Intel and x86.

Think different, indeed.

Mac mini

YouTuber Dave Lee’s review gaat over de MacBook Air, MacBook Pro en Mac mini:

Andrei Frumusanu voor AnandTech:
The 2020 Mac Mini Unleashed: Putting Apple Silicon M1 To The Test

The performance of the new M1 in this “maximum performance” design with a small fan is outstandingly good. The M1 undisputedly outperforms the core performance of everything Intel has to offer, and battles it with AMD’s new Zen3, winning some, losing some. And in the mobile space in particular, there doesn’t seem to be an equivalent in either ST or MT performance – at least within the same power budgets.

What’s really important for the general public and Apple’s success is the fact that the performance of the M1 doesn’t feel any different than if  you were using a very high-end Intel or AMD CPU. Apple achieving this in-house with their own design is a paradigm shift, and in the future will allow them to achieve a certain level of software-hardware vertical integration that just hasn’t been seen before and isn’t achieved yet by anybody else.

YouTuber Justin Tse:

Dan Ackerman voor CNet:
Testing out the entire new Apple Mac M1 lineup

The Mini remains the least expensive entry point for MacOS, and this new version offers performance on par or slightly better than the M1 MacBook Pro, which costs nearly twice as much. Like the other M1 Macs, the downside is that you're limited to 16GB of RAM (and start with just 8GB), but storage options on the Mini climb all the way to 2TB, although that upgrade will cost nearly as much as the Mini itself.

John Burek voor PC Mag:
Apple's new M1 chip anchors this A1 mini PC

Should you opt for the new Mac mini if you have a 2018 or early 2020 model? Depends on your immediate needs. If you’re running a pre-Catalina version of macOS, you might want to stay there a while if you rely on essential 32-bit apps that don’t have equivalents on this side of the macOS divide. Even if you’re flexible that way, we wouldn’t rush right in. See how the Universal apps field shakes out for a few months, and what the early returns look like on just how big a deal the M1 is for real world use.

Chris Welch voor The Verge:
Apple mac mini with M1 review: over-performer

Spending a few days with the 2020 Mac mini has shown me that it’s a barnburner of a miniature desktop PC. It outperforms most Intel Macs in several benchmarks, runs apps reliably, and offers a fantastic day-to-day experience whether you’re using it for web browsing and email or for creative editing and professional work.

 #MacBookAir #MacBookPro #MacMini #AppleSilicon

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M1 Macs review: The Next Generation

It slowly became clear that one day Apple’s processors would come for Intel.

As Apple’s skill in building chips for the iPhone and iPad became increasingly apparent, Intel struggled. Doubts about Apple’s mobile chips being powerful enough for a traditional computer like the Mac eroded with each new generation. New Intel chips were often delayed and offered only small improvements over previous generations.

In October 2018, it became clear that it was only a matter of time before Apple made the move. The company announced a new iPad Pro, powered by Apple’s eight-core A12X processor, and made the claim that it was “faster than 92 percent of all portable PCs sold between June 2017 and June 2018.” Apple was now directly comparing its chips to Intel’s, and declaring itself the victor.

Two years later, it’s finally happened. Apple has released the first three Mac models that are powered by an Apple-designed system on a chip. The decision to abandon Intel, seemingly risky when we all first contemplated it a few years ago, has become blindingly obvious in hindsight.

These new relatively low-end Mac models, all powered by the M1 chip, are faster than all but the very highest-end Intel Macs. The laptops offer a huge leap in battery life over their predecessors. By almost every measure, the move to Apple silicon is the biggest leap forward in Mac hardware in at least a decade.

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reactie #2 geplaatst: 21 november 2020 - 15:16
Da's toch erg interessant nieuws over die M1 Mini! Ik heb haar draaien en het is inderdaad top fun. Nog nooit zo snel mijn 'sporen' zien laden in Logic Pro. Als ik er meer mee gedaan heb geef ik een review-door-de-eenvoudige-macgebruiker.
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reactie #3 geplaatst: 21 november 2020 - 15:33
De nieuwe Mac mini met M1 chip is inderdaad snel. Met Big Sur ziet alles er gelikt uit. Dat is dus genieten totdat je, zoals ik, een Time Machine backup wil terugzetten. De werkwijze is anders dan we gewend zijn. Zo werkt bijv. command+r etc. niet. Vrij snel na ingebruikname kreeg ik grafische problemen. Bij een poging een clean install te doen (voordat ie teruggaat) leverde dit allerlei problemen op met als uiteindelijk resultaat dat de Mac mini een 'brick' geworden is. Op te lossen met een 2e Mac, USB-C laadkabel en configurator 2. Dat mag Apple mooi zelf doen. De Mac mini wordt morgen vervangen door een nieuwe. Voorlopig even wachten totdat de door Apple aangekondigde fix verschenen is. Geen backups terugzetten o.i.d. want dat is vragen om moeilijkheden. Bovendien is het doorspitten van de Big Sur handleiding voor gebruik een must, want er is nogal wat veranderd.
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