The On-Every-Level Edition Wednesday, November 18, 2020

M1 Macs Review: The Next Generation, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

These first Macs to run on the M1 chip are low-end models, to be sure, but somehow the M1 chip still manages to run faster and more efficiently than any Intel chip to ever appear in a Mac laptop. They are recognizably Macs, both in terms of their hardware design and in terms of how familiarly they run macOS—including Intel-based apps running via Rosetta.


But almost anyone who buys one of these Macs will be getting a computer that’s faster than the Mac they currently own, and with better battery life than any Mac laptop they might have used. Even my iMac Pro is looking old and slow compared to these M1-based computers.

The M1 Macs, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

What you need to understand is that the best aspects of these Macs aren’t benchmark-able. It’s about how nice they are. The cooling system never making any noise doesn’t show up in a benchmark. I suppose you could assign it a decibel value in an anechoic chamber, but silent operation, and a palm rest that remains cool to the touch even under heavy load, aren’t quantities. They’re qualities. They’re just nice.

Apple MacBook Air With M1 Review: New Chip, No Problem, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

In a week of testing, I have pushed this computer and its new Apple-made processor to its limits and found that those limits exceeded my expectations on nearly every level.

I’ve also used it in the way a MacBook Air is really meant to be used: as an everyday computer for workaday tasks. When doing so, I clocked eight and sometimes 10 hours of continuous use on battery.

Yeah, Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro Is Powerful, But It’s The Battery Life That Will Blow You Away, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

This insane performance per watt of power is the M1’s secret weapon. The battery performance is simply off the chart. Even with processor-bound tasks.

The New Mac Mini: The Revival Of The No-compromise, Low-cost Mac, by Matt Burns, TechCrunch

In our tests, we found Apple’s M1 system on a chip (SoC) to outperform its rivals, regardless of price. With the M1 at its core, the Mac mini is faster in most regards than every Apple computer available except for the ultra-expensive Mac Pro — and sometimes the Mini is faster than the Mac Pro, too. What’s more, this performance increase is noticeable throughout the system and not just limited to raw computing tasks in purpose-built applications. The system is snappy, responsive and feels like the start of a new era of computing.

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

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.

With M1 Macs, Memory Isn't What It Used To Be, by Jason Snell, Macworld

The unified memory architecture in the M1 is one of the reasons these Macs are so amazingly fast—but all Mac users are going to have to relinquish some of our assumptions about how our computers work, and how they’re configured. And if you really can’t bear buying any Mac with only 16GB of RAM, don’t get mad—be patient. More Apple silicon Macs are on the way.

Steve Jobs’s Last Gambit: Apple’s M1 Chip, by Om Malik

“Steve used to say that we make the whole widget,” Joswiak told me. “We’ve been making the whole widget for all of our products, from the iPhone, to the iPads, to the watch. This was the final element to making the whole widget on the Mac.”

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Apple Halves Its App Store Fee For The Smaller Companies, by Jack Nicas, New York Times

Apple, facing growing antitrust scrutiny over what it charges other companies for access to its App Store, said on Wednesday that it would cut in half the fee it took from the smallest app developers.

Developers that brought in $1 million or less from their apps in the previous year will pay a 15 percent commission on those app sales starting next year, down from 30 percent, the company said.


Apple's MagSafe Duo Charger Unable To Charge iPhones At Full 15-Watt Power, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple has recently updated the product description to note that the ‌MagSafe‌ portion of the charger won’t charge at the full 15 watts supported by the standalone ‌MagSafe‌ charger.

Customers Can Now Apply For The Apple Card On The Web, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

Eager to get the Apple Card into the hands of more customers, Apple is now allowing prospective Apple Card cardholders to apply online, rather than via the Wallet App.

Beats Debuts New Glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats, Available From Apple Starting Tomorrow, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The new Powerbeats were designed in collaboration with the lifestyle brand AMBUSH, making this release the first official collaboration between AMBUSH and Beats, and the first glow-in-the-dark Beats product.

1Password For Mac Update Brings 'Unlock With Apple Watch' And Better Safari Integration, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The app now offers compatibility with the “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature and also better integration with the Safari web browser.

Hazel 5.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Noodlesoft has released Hazel 5, a major update for the file automation and cleanup utility. The biggest change is its move from being a preference pane to a standalone app. Hazel now combines the folder list, rule list, and rule editor into the app’s main window, and you can now organize folders into groups.

Widgetsmith 2.0 Now Available With New Themes And Artwork For iOS 14 Home Screen Widgets, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The popular Widgetsmith app received a major update to version 2.0 today. Widgetsmith, which allows you to create custom widgets for your iOS 14 home screen, now includes pre-built themes for your widgets that are fully customizable, an RGB/HEX color chooser, and more.


Developers Now Able To Create Subscription Codes To Lure New And Returning Subscribers, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today informed developers that they can now take advantage of subscription codes, which can be provided to customers to allow them to sign up for subscriptions at a discounted price or for free for a specified duration.

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Once upon a time, many of us were expecting a revolutionary product from Apple in the year 2020. A product that I knew beforehand that I would not be buying. Firstly, cars are heavily taxed in Singapore, where I live. Secondly, and most importantly, I don't have a driving license, and you will probably need one even though the car is self-driving.

Turns out: even if Apple have something remotely close to a product, this is definitely the wrong year to launch the Apple Car.

Instead, we have the new M1 Macs. Which, based on the review, is also revolutionary and most likely will once again have the Mac lead the industry again.


Thanks for reading.