The new Mac Mini powered by the M1 chip is already out, and from the first wave of reviews, it appears that Apple has a winner in its hands with its latest mini PC. The main reason is the exceptionally high performance delivered by the new chip, both in terms of processing power as well as graphics brawns. However, Apple might have another variant of the Mac Mini in the pipeline that will improve upon the existing model’s connectivity suite by adding support for 10 Gigabit ethernet.
To recall, the new Mac Mini only supports gigabit connectivity. But as per a report by MacRumors, Apple has listed logic boards that offer 10 Gigabit Ethernet for M1-equipped Mac Mini. However, do keep in mind that the list is aimed at Apple Authorized Service Providers only, and may also turn out to be an old specifications list that never saw the light of the day in the form of a marketable product.
“For every Mac mini logic board with Gigabit Ethernet in the parts list, obtained by MacRumors, there is a corresponding logic board with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. While the boards are available to order (in limited quantities), it is unclear why at this point,” the report says. Do keep in mind that the regular Intel-powered variant of the Mac Mini is configurable with up to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, but the variant powered by the M1 chip is stuck with the slower 1 Gigabit Ethernet port.
As mentioned above, it is hard to establish the veracity of the report. However, it is quite likely that Apple has a new model of the M1-powered Mac Mini that is targeted at enterprise customers and professionals who would pay top dollars for a machine that offers a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port. Ad if that turns out to be true, Apple might launch the new Mac Mini variant at a later date.
Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Air, Mac mini and more devices on sale today
Let’s begin today’s deals with some products that you should really consider getting, that are not at all old. The latest M1 MacBook Air which is being used to edit this video is $50 off, that leaves the 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD variant for $1200. If you’re going for a desktop, the new Mac Mini is $29 off, leaving the entry level model for $670. The latest 12.9in iPad Pro is available for $150 off, that leaves it at $1499 shipped for 1TB of storage. The brand new iPad Air is also $40 off, leaving the entry level one for $559. We also have more deals on Bose Earbuds, LG Monitors, Hisense TVs and more, in the links in the description.
The budget OnePlus Nord N100 has a ‘high refresh rate’ surprise
Now let’s talk about OnePlus as the company has been in the spotlight quite a bit given all the product launches they’ve done this year. A few weeks ago, OnePlus unveiled two new budget smartphones, the Nord N10 5G and the N100. We’ll be focusing on the N100 for this segment because, this is supposed to be the cheaper and watered down one out of the pair but it looks like there was some hidden premium features in here. So to recap, it packs a punch hole HD+ display, the Snapdragon 460 SoC, a 5,000 mAh battery and a triple camera array with a 12MP main sensor. All of this for around $237, remember that price. Well, now that it’s out, the guys over at Android Authority discovered that the N100 actually packs a 90Hz refresh rate display. OnePlus didn’t specify on this so everyone just assumed it was a regular 60Hz panel which is good for that $200 price tag. So yeah, if you got this phone, make sure to turn that feature on as that 5,000 mAh battery should do a good job handling it.
New iPhone 12 display issues have caught Apple’s attention
If you’ve been watching us for the past year, you probably know that my display on my iPhone 11 Pro simply died on me after getting a weird tint. Well, it looks like the iPhone 12 might be going down that same path. Last weekend, some users started reporting issues with the 12 mini’s Lock Screen sensitivity, and iPhone 12 Pro users were having problems with the message app but, the most notable problems were display issues. Apparently some users were getting a green tint on the screen and some flickering but it looks like Apple noticed. The guys over at MacRumors recovered an internal document where Cupertino addresses this issue, saying that they are aware of the customer reports related to the problem and they’re actively investigating, telling technicians to avoid servicing these types of issues because there is no real fix at the moment but they should advice customers to update their phones. Back with the 11, Apple fixed it with iOS 13.6.1 so, let’s see when we get a fix, we’ll keep you posted. Thing is, my problem wasn’t fixed with a software update. The entire phone had to be replaced, so we’ll see.
Apple’s next mobile chip might rely on 5nm+ process, 4nm silicon likely arrives in 2022
Let’s keep talking about Apple but, this time about there chips, as let’s face it, Apple Silicon still has many of us in disbelief. We know that the A14 Bionic was the first chip in the market to bring a 5nm process, thanks to TSMC but, it looks like they’re already pushing smaller nodes. According to a TrendForce research note, Apple plans to use TSMC’s next generation “5nm+” process for the A15 chip that will come in the 2021 iPhones. TSMC’s website says that this 5nm+ process, refers to N5P which is a “performance-enhanced” version of their current 5nm process, which will deliver additional power efficiency and performance improvements. The report even goes further head to 2022, and they believe that the A16 will be built on a 4nm process, which paves the way for even more performance, power efficiency, and density improvements. This also hints that we might get these improvements in Apple Silicon chips, maybe with the M1X, M2 or whatever that thing is going to be called. Thing is, guys with that M1 mopping the floor with absolutely every Intel Mac we’ve compared on generation 1, can you imagine what gen 2 will be. We’ve never EVER recommended a first generation Apple Product, but this is the first exception.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leaked renders show shows some seriously slim bezels
And I know, we’re still one segment away but let’s begin with the hottest news today which have to do with Samsung. Yeah, they’re so many we had to split them in two. First off, Ice Universe just went on a tweeting spree giving us a ton of new information on the upcoming Galaxy S Line. He started off by posting some new CAD renders of the S21 Ultra which shows us the new chin and side bezels which.. Let’s just say you won’t be able to tell a difference if you have an S20 Ultra. However, he does say that this will be the narrowest chin in mobile phone in history which is something Samsung has been perfecting over the years. Other than that the CAD renders show the USB-C port as well as the display’s footprint. Moving on from that he also posted some case molds where you can see the camera module for the S21 or the S21+, sadly you can only see the display side for the other 2. Finally he also said that the S21 Ultra’s screen will refresh multiple records, I’m not sure if that means we’ll be getting something like ProMotion or if it will just be a record-breaking display. Whatever the case may be, I’m already pretty excited for whatever this S21 Ultra is going to be.
Story of the day:
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have an under-display selfie camera
But, finally let’s move on to the other segment of the hottest news as we have more Samsung products and apparently, Samsung is bringing the heat until later in the year. Last month there was some rumors roaming around that claimed that Samsung would be introducing their first under-the-display camera with the Z Fold 3. Well, now there’s a new ETNews report that backs those rumors. According to an industry insider, Samsung Display has developed a new display that will support this UDC. Apparently they made the gap between pixels wider, to allow light to pass through and this will only be a thing in the selfie camera area, the rest of the display will be the same. That along with some special algorithms will correct images, as light is obviously refracted by the OLED Display to allow for the camera to work. This camera module will be supplied by LSI and apparently the technology won’t be ready by the Spring or early in the year, which is when we get the S Line or the Z Flip. So, we will reportedly get it with the Z Fold 3 in the third quarter of the year because, all of the rumors point to the Galaxy Note line disappearing. A new Ice Universe tweet also gives us backs this by saying the Z Fold 3 will bring a lot of innovating technologies, including this Camera Under the Panel, the S Pen and the second-gen UTG.
We start today’s deals with the new MacBook Air with Apple’s latest M1 Chip. It is currently available for $1,200 in its 512GB SSD version with 8GB RAM, which translates to $50 savings in one of today’s most powerful laptops available in the market. Now, if you don’t want a laptop, the latest Mac mini is also on sale. You can get yours for $670 after its first $29 price cut, and you will get 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM.
If you’re looking for a new tablet, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 1TB storage and cellular connectivity can be yours for $1,499 after a $150 discount, or get the latest Apple iPad Air with 64GB for $559 in its WiFi-only version, which will save you $40.
We have also been getting quite a nice amount of deals on Smart TVs and monitors, and today won’t be different. We find last year’s Hisense 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart ULED TV selling for $800 with $200 savings. LG is also offering the 27-inch QHD IPS Display for $227 with $53 savings.
Other deals include the Bose Sport Earbuds for $159 after a $20 discount. These wireless earphones are available in three color options, and they will give you up to 5 hours per charge with the included charging case. The Logitech Craft Advanced wireless keyboard is also available, and it is getting a $31 discount, leaving it at $169. PowerA’s enhanced wired controller for Nintendo Switch with a vintage Mario theme is getting a $12.50 discount, leaving it at $12.50, meaning 50 percent off. Finally, Kingston is offering its 500GB Nvme internal SSD for $35 with $10 savings.
When Apple introduced its in-house M1 chip and the new Mac trio powered by it earlier this month, the company touted a performance boost that sounded almost too good to be true. After all, this was a first-gen PC chip, and optimizing it to extract the maximum performance out of it was expected to be a challenging task. But the reviews are in, and so are the benchmarking results – both of which are overwhelmingly positive. Talking about the new Mac Mini though, the M1-powered machine leaves Intel’s best far behind.
As you can see in the image below, the single-core Geekbench tally of the new Mac Mini stands at an impressive 1689, which is even higher than Intel’s top-of-the-line 10th gen Core i9 processor fitted inside the 27-inch iMac. For comparison, the Intel chip was a distant second with a multi-core Geekbench 5.0 score of 1251. What this essentially means is Apple has rewritten the rules of price-to-performance ratio by offering a machine that starts at just $699, but performs way better than Intel-powered hardware that costs thrice as much or even higher.
It goes without saying that a higher single-core benchmark score indicates that the chip can sustain demanding workloads with ease. Even an 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core i7 laptop like the Dell XPS 13, when tested by the folks over at Tom’s Hardware, could only achieve a peak single-core tally of 1521. While the numbers are in favor of Apple’s new M1 Mac lineup – which includes the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini – their performance will receive even further boost as developers optimize their apps to run natively instead of Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer.
We start today’s deals with Apple’s late 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro in Space Gray, which is getting a $550 discount, meaning you can get a powerful laptop with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB RAM, and 1TB storage space for $3,349. However, there are more options starting at $2,149 at B&H, or you can choose to get a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display for $1,649, which gets you 256GB SSD storage, 8GB RAM, and a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor.
We then head over to Walmart, where early Black Friday deals are live and they offer the Apple Watch Series 3 for $179, down from $199. Apple’s AirPods Pro can be yours for $200 with $49 savings. You can also find the Google Nest Mini for $29 with a $20 discount and media streaming devices for you to choose from.
We also find tons of Amazon devices on sale, including the all-new Echo Dot, which lets you save $20 when you buy two devices and use promo code DOT2PACK. They are currently selling for $50, but buying two will leave each smart speaker at $40. You can also get the Echo Dot with clock for $60 or two for $100 when using the same code mentioned above.
We also find several deals on smart TVs, such as the Samsung 75’inch Class QLED Q70T series 4K UHD smart TV, which is selling for $1,498 with $702 savings. The smaller 55-inch version is also on sale, and you can get it for just $798 with a $100 discount on Amazon. However, you can head over to Best By to find the LG NanoCell 85 Series 65-inch Smart TV for $99 with $200 savings, or the 55-inc options from TCL that will cost you $250 with a $150 discount.
Other deals include the Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet for $400 with $100 savings, the Acer Chromebook Spin for $549 with an $80 discount. We also find a couple of monitors, as the LG 34WL85C-B 34-Inch UltraWide curved WQHD IPS monitor is now available for $760 with a $40 discount, or the 49-inch Acer EI491CR Pbmiiipx 49” curved DFHD monitor with a $199 discounts, leaving it at just $700.
Early Black Friday deals are live, with tons of Apple deals
The official news today begin with Apple deals because, we know you guys adore them. Beginning with the previous MacBook Air which is $80 off, that leaves the Intel core i3, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD model for $920 shipped. The 16in MacBook Pro is also $250 off, that leaves the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD for $2150 but, you might not want to go for it depending on how these M1 MacBooks do. The latest iPad Pros are also on sale, for example, the 11in WiFi only version, with 128GB of storage is $50 off, leaving that for $739. Finally, the Apple Watch Series 6 is $50 off, that leaves the 40mm GPS only variant for $350. The SE is $20 off, but you can get the GPS+Cellular variant for $309. We have more deals on Garmin Watches, AirPods Pro, Galaxy Buds and more in the links in the description.
Users reporting serious MacBook Pro problems after macOS Big Sur update
Last week we finally got the macOS Big Sur update but, which I was really looking forward to given the efficiencies, but according to several users, not everything has been sunshine and rainbows. Several users who own 2013 and mid-2014 13in MacBook Pros upgraded to Big Sur and it has reportedly bricked their machines. According to them, their computer is stuck on a black screen and there’s no way to bypass this this as, the hot key combinations for NVRAM, SMC, Safe Mode and Internet Recovery are inaccessible after they installed the update. Apparently some of these users have been asked to take the laptop in for servicing so, we’ll see what happens. Also keep in mind that these are the oldest MacBook Pros to have Big Sur available so if you’re on the list, you might want to hold off. Obviously gotta hand it to Apple for their in-store support, but the problem is that it’s crazy irregular right now given the pandemic.
Apple’s M1 chip is better than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560 in Graphics performance
Speaking of Macs, let’s talk about the M1 Macs which I’m currently waiting on. They were supposed to arrive today, but I guess UPS was just playing with me. They keep going through Benchmarks, and according to a new submission, the M1 Macs just went up against the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD’s Radeon RX 560. It was compared to these two to match Apple’s claim of the M1’s GPU handling close to 25k threads and delivering 2.6 TFLOPS. Well, in most tests, the M1 beats both of these graphic cards while reaching up to 300 FPS in some instances. Some of the results are pretty close like in the first Aztec Ruins Setting where it actually lost to the Radeon. But then you get other cases where it just breezes through, like in Manhattan 3.1. Now, we know that these are older GPUs but, they are desktop GPUSs as well. That said, the reason why this is not the hottest news is because the benchmark tests are designed more for mobile than anything, so we’ll take them with a grain of salt.
Possible design of the new OnePlus 9 has been leaked
Let’s move on to OnePlus as, we’ve already gotten the OnePlus 8 and the 8T, which means rumors for the 9 should start coming in. For starters, the Pro variant was reportedly just spotted on Geekbench revealing some new details. According to the listing, it will pack the upcoming Snapdragon 875, or whatever it will be called, and it performed pretty well in both single core and multi-core. Now, not much of the specs have been revealed, but some things we’re expecting include a Flat AMOLED Display with up to 144Hz refresh rate, and a battery that supports 65W charging. Speaking of the display, we also have some CAD renders of the device and, they’re… something. These apparently belong to the regular OnePlus 9 and it packs a flat display with a small punch hole at the top left and a near bezel-less experience. On the back, you get a triple camera array that kinda looks like if the iPhone 12 and the Galaxy S20 FE had a baby. According to these renders we’re getting a new white color variant that actually looks pretty cool. We’re expecting these phones to come out some time in March so, everything should just intensify from here.
Samsung Galaxy S21 specs and features have been leaked
Now let’s talk about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series as we have possibly the biggest leak yet for it, and it’s both good and bad. There’s a full list of specs for the entire line up from Android Police that reveal.. Pretty much everything. Just to get it out of the way, all of these will pack the Snapdragon 875 or the Exynos 2100, as well as 5G, and One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. Alright, starting with the regular Galaxy S21, we’re looking at a 6.2in FHD+, LTPS display running at 120Hz. You’re also getting a 4000 mAh battery and a triple camera setup which consists of a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra wide and a 64MP telephoto. Moving on to the S21+, you’re getting a 6.7in FHD+, LTPS display running at 120Hz, as well as a 4800 mAh battery and the same camera setup as the smaller variant. But finally, moving on to the Ultra, we have a 6.8in WQHD+, LTPO display running at up 120Hz. Here, you’re getting a 5000 mAh battery and a 5 camera array that consists of a main 108MP sensor, a 12MP ultra wide, a 10MP 3X Optical lens, and a 10MP 10X optical lens. The color variants include Phantom Violet, Pink, Grey, White, Black and Silver, and they vary depending on which variant you pick. Ice Universe also says that the Ultra packs the strongest optical system known to date when it comes to the telephoto, with both sensors being 1/2.8in and 1.22μm. We’re getting closer to that January or February launch so, we’ll see what we get but so far so good.
Story of the day:
Samsung could kill off the Galaxy Note series in 2021
And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung again, but this time because we have some confirmation of the beginning of the end. For years, there’s been tons of rumors that Samsung might get rid of the Note line and stick to the S Line and now with the Z Fold line, it makes a ton more sense. Well, we’ve learned from interviews with company executives that, a smartphone can be ready pretty much 9 months before the actual launch and, the problem is, the Note is currently nowhere to be found. We have a new tweet from Max Weinbach where he gives a detailed list of the Samsung flagships we’ll be getting next year. The list includes, the Galaxy S21 FE, the S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, the Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold FE. Nice. Now, where it gets interesting is when he tweeted out that 3 of these devices will have S Pen support, and there’s no Note on that list. A day earlier, Ice Universe tweeted “an unusual clue: there is currently no information on the development of the Note 21 Series”. Of course, we are still far away from the Note’s usual launch frame but, by this point we usually have the codenames at least, and having tipsters saying there’s no information at all on the development is kind of a huge deal. By the looks of it, unless Samsung figures out how to bring the Stylus to the Folds, it looks like the S line might bring the S Pen next year.
Apple announced a new MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini powered by its own M1 chip during its ‘‘One more thing’’ event, which took place last week. Cupertino was proud to present its new devices while it also explained how its new Apple Silicon products surpass their predecessor. Now, we also get new evidence that suggests that the M1 chip’s graphics performance easily defeats some desktop GPUs.
According to the latest benchmarks scores posted by Tom’s Hardware, the new Apple M1 processor defeats the graphics performance of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560. Apple already announced that the new octa-core GPU in its M1 chip could simultaneously take on almost 25,000 threads and deliver close to 2.6 TFLOPS of throughput, which is the same TFLOPS reached by the Radeon RX 560, and just below the GeForce GTX 1650’s1650’s 2.9 TFLOPS.
“Generic benchmarks only tell one part of the story. Furthermore, GFXBench 5.0 isn’t exactly the best tool for testing graphics cards either, given that it’s aimed at smartphone benchmarking. As always, we recommend treating the benchmark results with caution until we see a thorough review of the M1. “In a clear victory, the Apple M1 bested the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti by a good margin. The Radeon RX 560 didn’t stand a chance, either. Admittedly, the two discrete gaming graphics cards are pretty old by today’s standards, but that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that M1’s integrated graphics outperformed both 75W desktop graphics cards, but within a pretty tight TDP range of its own.”
GFX Bench 5.0 benchmarks show that the M1 chip usually performs better than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560. Several tests were performed, and all showed the same results. But we must not forget that GFXBench 5.0 benchmarks are used to test mobile devices, and the M1’s contestants are not the latest GPUs in the market.
Apple announced its new macOS Big Sur back in June, and since then, it has been evolving until its final version, which has just been released today. The new OS comes with a new design and new apps, including the Messages updates that we saw in iOS 14, but that’s not everything we are getting.
The new macOS Big Sur includes depth shading and translucency, reducing visual complexity to focus on content and new symbols. Further, the buttons only appear when you need them and hide when you don’t. We also get a new unified space for notifications and widgets and new sounds and consistency between iOS and macOS icons.
Apple has also added a redesigned photo picker to make sharing pictures and videos easier. It allows users to create Memoji on a Mac and introduces message effects such as balloons and confetti. Users will also have the ability to pin conversations that are synced across all devices. The Map app has also received a new design and several new features, which let users create a custom guide for specific landmarks, see a 360-degree image of any place with Look Around, and check indoor maps for places like shopping malls and airports.
Apple is also introducing changes to Safari to make it faster and more battery efficient, and we also get a new start page that can be customized with wallpapers. Photos is getting a better Retouch tool, and the Apple Music For You section has now been replaced by the Listen Now section. However, there are things you have to consider before upgrading. Some important apps like Final Cut haven’t been updated to work with macOS Big Sur, so proceed with caution.
Now, Microsoft has released a new version of its Mac Office 2019 software, including support for macOS Big Sir and compatibility with Apple Silicon devices. “The first launch of each Office app will take longer as the operating system has to generate optimized code for the Apple Silicon processor. Users will notice that the apps’ bounce’ in the dock for approximately 20 seconds while this process completes. Subsequent app launches will be fast.”
Microsoft is also advising its users to install the November 2020 release (build 16.43), or later, which includes the latest optimizations for macOS 11 Big Sur, which wouldn’t be a problem considering that the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini are expected to arrive on November 17. Still, there’s evidence from UPS showing that some of these MacBook Air orders are already ‘in transit’, meaning that they could arrive sooner.
Apple has unveiled its first wave of Mac hardware powered by the in-house M1 chip. The fresh Mac hardware includes a new 13-inch MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro and a Mac Mini. Apple has retained the external aesthetics of its new computing machines, but has made a few meaningful upgrades under the hood that would be interesting to test once the devices hit the shelves. If you’re already considering giving the new macOS experience on Apple silicon a try, but are torn between which one to pick, here’s a detailed comparison of the MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini to help you out:
Screen or no screen
Being traditional laptops, the new MacBooks come equipped with a Retina display, while buying the Mac Mini should be on your list if you already have a monitor and other input accessories lying around on your work table. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the display on the new MacBooks powered by the M1 chip.
The new MacBook Air and its Pro sibling, both come equipped with a 13.3-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, translating to a pixel density of 227 PPI. The display on both the devices covers the wider P3 color gamut, compared to the sRGB palette of their older Intel-powered siblings. However, there is a key difference between the display of Apple’s latest MacBooks. The MacBook Air’s panel offers a peak brightness of 400 nits, while the one on MacBook Pro maxes out slightly higher at 500 nits.
At the top, you’ll find a 720p FaceTime HD camera on both the new MacBooks. Media output is handled by stereo speakers, and there is support for Dolby Atmos playback as well. But there is a minor difference here as well. Apple says the new MacBook Pro’s speakers offer a higher dynamic range compared to those fitted inside the MacBook Air. Similarly, the three-mic array on the Pro model is said to be of ‘studio quality’, while the MacBook Air packs a standard three-mic layout with directional beamforming.
MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: What’s inside?
All three devices are powered by the new Apple M1 chip, but Apple sells the three machines in variants with a different integrated GPU. The MacBook Air is available in two models – an entry-level option that features a 7-core GPU and the top-end model that relies on a more powerful 8-core graphics engine. The rest of the chip components such as an octa-core processing unit and the 16-core Neural Engine remain the same across all three models. Apple has, however, not provided the base and boost frequency of the four performance and four efficiency cores that are at the heart of its M1 chip.
All three Macs pack up to 16GB of non-upgradable RAM and up to 2TB of storage. The base variant of MacBook Air gives you 8GB of unified memory (Apple’s fancy word for RAM) and 256GB SSD at $999, while the high-end version ups the storage capacity to 512GB and starts at $1,249.
The entry-level MacBook Pro also follows a similar 8GB+256GB and 8GB+512GB configuration scheme for the base and upscale models that start at $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. As for the Mac Mini, you again get an identical memory setup, with the base model setting you back by $699, while the higher-end version will cost you $899.
It is worth noting here that you get a choice between 7-core and 8-core GPU only for the MacBook Air, and not the MacBook Pro or the Mac Mini. I know, it all sounds confusing, so here is a table to make things easier to grasp:
Pre-orders for the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini powered by the Apple M1 chip are now live, and they will start shipping next week.
MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: Performance
All three machines will boot macOS Big Sur and will be able to natively run iPhone and iPad apps. A major difference between the MacBook Air and its Pro sibling is how they handle thermals. The MacBook Air has a fanless design unlike its predecessor, while the MacBook Pro relies on an active cooling system.
Following are a few performance gain metrics touted by Apple for each new M1-powered Mac compared to their previous-gen Intel-powered versions:
3x faster project export for the web in iMovie
5x faster 3D effect integration into videos with Final Cut Pro
Ability to play and edit multiple 4K ProRes streams in Final Cut Pro
2x photo export in Adobe Lightroom
4.3x faster ML-based features such as Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro
3x faster project export for the web in iMovie
5x faster 3D effect integration into videos with Final Cut Pro
Ability to play and edit multiple 4K ProRes streams in Final Cut Pro
2x photo export in Adobe Lightroom
4.3x faster ML-based features such as Smart Conform in Final Cut Pro
2x longer video calls on a single charge
2.8x faster code building in Xcode
5.9x faster complex 3D rendering in Final Cut Pro
3.5x faster game scene designing in Unity Editor
11x faster machine learning tasks in Create ML
Full-quality 8K ProRes video playback support in DaVinci Resolve without frame drops
4x more code compilation on a single charge
3x faster code compilation in Xcode
4x higher frame rates in graphics-intensive games
6x faster complex timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro
3x more real-time plug-ins support in Logic Pro
15x photo resolution upscaling in Pixelmator Pro
Ports and connectivity
Wireless connectivity on all three machines is handled by WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 standard. Coming to I/O, the port selection on the new MacBook Air and its Pro sibling is identical. You get two Type-C Thunderbolt ports with USB 4 support. The ports facilitate charging, file transfer (Thunderbolt 3 at up to 40Gb/s and USB 3.1 Gen 2 at up to 10Gb/s), and DisplayPort duties. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the new MacBooks.
As for the Mac Mini, it inherits the two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and the 3.5mm headphone jack from the new MacBooks. However, it also adds two USB Type-A ports (up to 10Gb/s transfer rate), an HDMI 2.0 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port as well. If you’re wondering about the video support capabilities of the new Mac Mini, here’s everything you need to know:
Simultaneously supports up to two displays One display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt + one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0 Thunderbolt 3 digital video output supports
Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters (sold separately) HDMI 2.0 display video output
Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
Now, let’s talk about the keyboard. The backlit Magic keyboard on the MacBook Air has 78 keys (US) and a Force Touch trackpad with support for multi-touch gestures. The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, has a 65 key (US) layout, but adds a Touch Bar at the top that replaces the function key row. The Touch ID sensor backed by an on-chip secure enclave can be found on both the devices. If you get the Mac Mini, though you’ll have to fork out extra cash for a keyboard, mouse, and trackpad.
MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini: Battery
It’s time to talk about the battery. Apple has managed to enhance the battery life of its M1-powered MacBooks despite the fact that they pack the same size Li-Po unit as their Intel-powered siblings. The MacBook Air’s 49.9Wh battery is claimed to last up to 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video playback.
Coming to the MacBook Pro, the 58.2Wh battery inside it ups the wireless web browsing time to 17 hours and video playback to 20 hours on a single charge. Apple ships the MacBook Air with a 30W USB Type-C charger, while the MacBook Pro will come with a faster 61W USB Type-C charger.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro and more on sale today
The official news today begin with deals, and you know today is mainly going to be an “Apple” Show, so what kind of a host would I be if we didn’t begin with Apple deals. The latest iPad Air is already $50 off, that leaves the Wi-Fi only, 256GB of storage variant at $699. The iPad Mini is also $166 off, that leaves the 256GB variant for $512 shipped. AT&T also has this deal where you can get an iPhone 12 Mini for free if you trade in a device and of course, get a pretty long installment plan. The regular Galaxy Note 20 is also $200 off, that leaves the entry level, US model for $799. We also have more deals on iPad Pros, the Galaxy Watch and more in the links in the description, as well as the full list over at Pocketnow.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could feature a new 108MP camera and 120Hz at 2K
And, don’t worry, we won’t talk Apple all day. Let’s talk about Samsung for a minute as, we’re getting closer to the rumored launch date which is slated for January. According to some Ice Universe tweets, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be a small, improved version of the S20 Ultra. When it comes to the cameras, they´ll be using the 108MP HM3 sensor, with single pixels at 0.8 microns, laser autofocus and no time of flight. Meaning some of those lenses we saw on the renders are still a mystery and this also allows them to give us much better autofocus. Moving on to the display, a different tweet claims that we´ll be getting a 2K display running at 120Hz. We’ll keep you posted as, rumors should only keep getting better as we get close to December.
Apple unveils its first in-house silicon: Meet the M1 chip for Macs of the future
But alright, let’s move on to why you’re here, the Apple Event. Apple had their One More Thing Event today which was all about Apple Silicon Macs.
The company started the event by announcing their new M1 chip, which is based on a 5nm process and packs 16B transistors. I know, 26 letters in the alphabet and they pick the one for their motion co-processors. This SoC packs 8 cores with 4 performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores. According to Apple, the 4 performance cores are the fastest and they actually deliver the best performance per watt in the industry which we’ll talk about in a second. You’re also getting an integrated GPU which “is the world’s fastest”. This GPU also packs 8 cores along with 128 execution units. This means that it should deliver 2x more graphics at half the wattage. We’re also getting a new 16 core Neural Engine, which you guessed it, is the fastest in the industry. Other components include Thunderbolt and USB 4 support, a better audio processor and more. Cupertino is promising blazing fast performance without compromising power efficiency and battery life, oh and it also let’s you natively run iPhone and iPad Apps on your Mac. These Macs should be significantly faster than their predecessors, but let’s talk about them.
Apple announces Mac mini refresh with in-house M1 chip
Let’s begin with the first one, which we kind of got a hint to at WWDC. The new Mac mini brings the same 7.7in squared design but, it’s now powered by the new M1 Chip. That means you’re getting all of the bells and whistles we described in the previous segment along with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage. The new SoC allows for the Mac Mini to do things like support two displays, one with up to 6K at 60Hz via thunderbolt and one up to 4K at 60Hz via HDMI. So yeah, you can fully use the Pro Display XDR but, it seems kind weird to get a Pro Display XDR for a Mac Mini, considering the stand is more expensive than the computer. The M1 will give this computer a 3x faster performance over its predecessor, Final Cut now has 3.4x faster ProRes transcode and 6.6x faster timeline render performance. Logic Pro and other heavy apps like Photoshop are also getting a boost. It’s also getting cheaper, starting at $699, with pre-orders beginning today.
Apple’s new MacBook Air with the M1 chip has a fanless design and starts at $999
Now probably the update that I was looking forward to most was Apple’s new MacBook Air, powered by the M1. It brings the same slim design so, all of the upgrades are really under the hood. Beginning with the fact that this is a fan-less design thanks to the M1 chip. According to Cupertino, this MacBook Air has a 3.5x higher performance when compared to the previous Air, and it also delivers a 5x boost in graphics. This translates to letting you edit multiple 4K video streams at once, as well as a boost in gaming performance. The company is also promising 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video playback when it comes to battery life. They’re also improving your video conferences by making the battery last twice as long when you’re in video calls, and it brings a better camera which is also thanks to the M1 chip. The new Retina Display now supports a P3 Color Gamut, it also brings secure enclave Touch ID, a new SSD which delivers 2x faster performance, and a crazy 9x faster machine learning. Some of the new improvements promise up to 3x faster exports in iMovie, 2x faster Lightroom exports and 5x faster 3D effects in Final Cut. This new MacBook Air starts at the same $999and is also available for pre-orders today and shipping next week.
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New 13-inch MacBook Pro with new Apple Silicon is jaw dropping
But finally, the hottest news today have to do with a refresh to the computer that started this show off. I didn’t think Apple was gonna refresh a pro computer with the M1, but it did with the 13-inch MacBook Pro.. Sort of. This is the entry level – two Thunderbolt port variant, no the higher tier. For starters, it promises a 3x faster performance, 5x faster graphics, and 11x faster machine learning with the 16 core Neural Engine. It also packs a new active cooling system to ensure better performance. The display delivers 500 nits of brilliance, 25% more colors and True Tone technology to adjust to its environment. When it comes to the battery, Apple is promising a crazy 20 hours of video playback, and 17 hours of wireless web browsing. Other hardware improvements include studio-quality mics to improve noise ratio, and a camera that delivers sharper video with less noise. It includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports that support USB 4, and thanks to Big Sur it features Secure Enclave, which brings features like Activation Lock to protect your Mac if it gets stolen. This new MacBook Pro will start at $1299 and is currently available for purchase, they’ll arrive in about a week. Oh and macOS Big Sur will FINALLY be available in two days.
Well, Apple has finally presented its new lineup with Apple Silicon during its “One more thing” event today. Cupertino presented a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini, all of them powered by the new Apple M1 chip. Now, you may be interested in getting one of these new devices, so we have taken the time to make a list with every detail you need to know before making your purchase.
First of all, you must know that Apple’s new devices with the M1 chip are already available for purchase, and they will start shipping to its early adopters starting on November 17.
Now, the MacBook Air comes with Apple’s M1 chip with 8-Core COP and 7-Core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD for $999. If you want more storage and a bit more power, the MacBook Air with an 8-Core GPU and 512GB SSD will cost you $1,249. Both laptops feature a Retina Display with True Tone, a Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports.
You can also choose to pay your new MacBook Air in monthly installments, as the Apple Card Monthly Instalment plan will let you pay $83.25 a month for 12 months for the 256GB version or $104.08 a month during the same time for the 512GB version.
If your sights are set on the new Apple Mac mini, you can get one starting at $699, or $58.25 a month for 12 months with the Apple Card Monthly Installment plan. This will get you the latest Mac mini with the M1 Chip 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and Gigabit Ethernet. The 512GB version is available for $899, or $74.91 for 12 months.
Finally, the new MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 with the new Apple M1 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, a 13-inch Retina Display with True Tone, a Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar, and Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad, and two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. If you feel like getting more storage, the 512GB version is available for $1499. If you want more storage and more RAM, you can always go for the Intel-powered versions, but they are more expensive, and Apple claims that they are three times slower than the versions that were just released.
At the ‘One More Thing’ event today, Apple unveiled a slew of new products with the most crucial of them being its own ARM chip for Macs. The hardware powered by the M1 chip includes the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. The 8-core CPU boasts of 3x faster processing performance than the previous generation. Notably, all of it is packed within the iconic 7.7-inch-square design.
The Apple Mac mini with M1 chip comes with 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 8-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine. It packs 8GB unified memory that is configurable up to 16GB, and comes equipped with 256GB storage that can be expanded up to 2TB – with options for 512GB and 1TB in the middle.
The new Mac mini can simultaneously support two displays – one with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt and one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0. The Thunderbolt 3 digital video output supports Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C and Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters that are (of course) sold separately.
Further, the HDMI 2.0 display video output comes with support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz. The device has a built-in speaker, 3.5 mm headphone jack and the HDMI 2.0 port supports multichannel audio output. It comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
On the new Mac mini, Final Cut Pro has 3.4x faster ProRes transcode and 6.6x faster timeline render performance, while Logic Pro is claimed to run 2.8x faster. The device starts at $699 (US),and $679 (US)for education. It can be pre-ordered starting today.
Apple has just introduced its first Mac powerd by the in-house M1 processor – a 13-inch MacBook Air. The new slim-and-light laptop by Apple starts at $999 and rocks the same design as its predecessor. Aesthetics aside, all the new upgrades are under the hood, and trust me, they are major. For starters, the new MacBook Air ditches the fan. Yes, the M1-powered MacBook Air has a fanless design. Now, let’s talk about the rest of the package.
Apple claims that the new MacBook Air offers 3.5x higher performance compared to its predecessor, and up to 3x boost over the comparable Windows machine. The integrated GPU, on the other hand, delivers a 5X boost in graphics prowess. The company says all that power translates into the ability to edit multiple 4K video streams and some serious boost to gaming prowess. However, it remains to be seen how proper AAA games fare on the Mac, although I am not too optimistic.
As for the battery life. Apple claims that the new M1-powered MacBook Air will last up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video playback. And since we live in times where online meetings are the norm, Apple says that the new MacBook Air will last twice as long when it comes to video conferencing. Regarding the battery life, Apple says that the new MacBook Air offers the longest battery life ever in the product’s line.
Oh, the Retina display on the new MacBook Air now supports P3 color gamut, which is definitely a welcome change. The Touch ID, on the other hand, is now backed by the secure enclave onboard the M1 chip. As for the storage, Apple says the SSDs aboard its latest sleek laptop deliver 2x faster performance, while the machine learning-based workloads are 9x faster. Here are a few upgrades that Apple highlighted for its new MacBook Air:
3x faster project export in iMovie.
Up 5x faster 3D effects integration in Final Cut Pro.
Exporting photos in Lightroom is 2x faster.
4.3x faster ML-based processes.
You can pre-order the new MacBook Air starting today and it will start shipping next week.
Apple’s “One More Thing” virtual event is just a day away, and it is going to be a big one. While this is the last major Apple event of the year, it promises the biggest shift Apple has made in recent years and will have a far-reaching impact on the company’s product approach going forward. We’re talking about the switch to in-house Apple silicon for its Mac hardware. Apple already gave us a glimpse of how Macs powered by its in-house silicon will handle things and the kind of performance we can expect. While Apple has been characteristically secretive about its hardware plans, some juicy information from reliable sources has already surfaced online. So, here’s everything we can expect from Apple’s One More Thing event:
Back in June, Apple announced that the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon will take at least a couple of years to complete, but the first Mac hardware with in-house processor will be showcased later this year. Making good on its promise, we have a November 10 event lined up for exciting new hardware announcements. As per a Bloomberg report, the company currently has a total of three MacBook models based on Apple silicon in the pipeline, all three of which have been allegedly been spotted in the code of macOS Big Sur.
The company adds that the first wave of Mac hardware with Apple silicon will include a new 13-inch MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple and its overseas supply partners are reportedly switching into the top gear when it comes to the production of these three upcoming MacBooks. However, the smaller 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are reportedly ahead in production, and these two are reportedly going to be showcased at Apple’s online event tomorrow.
But just in case you are expecting a major MacBook overhaul, there is some disappointing news. The upcoming MacBook Air and Pro models powered by Apple silicon will follow the same design language as their existing Intel-powered siblings. The only change will be the new processor and the GPU as well.
Talking about the Apple Silicon though, it will reportedly be based on the new A14 Bionic chip that you will also find inside the iPhone 12 series. And if the performance showcased by Apple on an A12Z-powered Mac in June is anything to go by, the new MacBooks will be powerful enough to easily handle demanding video editing and rendering software.
Another huge deal is a shared app ecosystem. Apple has already announced that Macs powered by Apple silicon will be able to natively run iPad and iPhone apps, something that is facilitated by the common 64-bit architecture used by the chips powering the upcoming Macs as well as the iPhones and iPads. Back in June, Apple also announced tools that will make it easier for developers to transition their apps from mobile to Mac platform without having to redesign or code them from scratch.
In addition to new MacBooks powered by Apple silicon, the company is reportedly working on a redesigned 24-inch iMac as well as updated Mac Pro and Mac Mini too. However, it is unclear when they will debut and how many of them will stick to Intel processors or if they will make the switch to Apple silicon at a pace faster than earlier anticipated.
Whatever be the case, Apple’s upcoming Mac event is going to change the Mac line forever, but only time will tell if it was yet another Apple masterstroke that will add more billions to its coffers, or if it was just an expensive failure.
A day ago, Apple released the first macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta for developers, which brings a host of bug fixes and performance improvements prior to its public release. While those are generic changes, the update does come with cryptic information about something really exciting – a reference to unreleased Macs, likely the new ones that will use Apple Silicon. Now, before your imagination goes into overdrive, the new devices are mentioned by internal codenames only and nothing about the product class.
The latest beta build carries two bundle files apparently denoting two unreleased Macs, while the previous macOS Big Sur beta update mentioned another model as well. Here are the file bundle names – MacHardwareTypes-2020f.bundle, MacHardwareTypes-2020g.bundle, and MacHardwareTypes-2020h.bundle. The references were first spotted by developer Hans Harck Tønning (@HarckerTech) who shared a screenshot of the file bundles on Twitter.
Now, it is hard to decipher whether these are codenames for a MacBook or iMac, but the ‘2020’ in the file names suggests that these could be unveiled later this year. Previous leaks suggest that Apple will hold an event next month, specifically on November 17, to announce new Mac hardware with Apple silicon inside. Now, we’ve heard rumors of a new 24-inch iMac being in the pipeline as well, but it is unclear if it will pack an Intel processor or it will be among the first Macs to draw power from in-house silicon.
However, if all three Mac devices that have been mentioned in macOS Big Sur beta updates debut at the same time, we are almost certainly getting new MacBooks, likely with Apple silicon inside. Back in June, Apple announced that the first Mac powered by custom silicon will arrive by the end of 2020. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that a redesigned 13.3-inch MacBook Pro powered by Apple Silicon will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2020. Additionally, a new MacBook Air with in-house silicon is expected to go into production around the same time and will eventually debut early next year.