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MacBook Air with M1 chip

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Power. It’s in the Air.

MacBook Air with M1 is an incredibly portable laptop — it’s nimble and quick, with a silent, fanless design and a beautiful Retina display. Thanks to its slim profile and all‑day battery life, this Air moves at the speed of lightness.

Supercharged by the Apple M1 chip

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8-core CPU Devours tasks. Sips battery.

The CPU on M1 isn’t just astonishingly fast — it balances high-performance cores with efficiency cores that crush everyday jobs while using far less energy. With that kind of processing power, MacBook Air can take on intensive tasks like professional-level video editing and action-packed gaming.

7-core GPU

Plays hard. Works wonders.

The GPU in M1 delivers lightning‑fast integrated graphics. So you can create, edit and seamlessly play back multiple streams of full‑quality 4K video without dropping a frame.

Up to 18 hours of battery life. Go the distance — free of charge.1

No fan.
No noise.
Just Air.

Thermal efficiency

With the incredible efficiency of the M1 chip, MacBook Air delivers amazing performance without a fan. An aluminium heat spreader dissipates the heat the system generates, so no matter how intense the task, MacBook Air runs completely silently.

A 16-core Neural Engine capable of 11 trillion operations per second. Process that. Apps on MacBook Air can use machine learning (ML) to automatically retouch photos like a pro, make smart tools such as magic wands and audio filters more accurate at auto‑detection and so much more. That’s not just brainpower — that’s the power of a full stack of ML technologies.

The power of macOS on M1.

macOS unlocks the potential of the M1 chip and transforms Mac with all-new ways to work and play. Connect, share and create like never before using FaceTime and Messages. Explore the web on the streamlined Safari, the fastest browser in the world.2 And work across Mac and your other Apple devices with Universal Control. macOS also includes industry-leading privacy features and best‑in‑class security.

More power. Wakes instantly.

The do‑it‑all notebook gets do‑the‑unbelievable memory. The M1 chip brings up to 16GB of super‑fast unified memory. This single pool of high‑bandwidth, low‑latency memory allows apps to share data between the CPU, GPU and Neural Engine efficiently — so everything you do is fast and fluid.

Up to2TBSSD storage3

Bring your photos, movies, music and documents with you — and open them in a flash.

MacBook Air

can
keep a

secret.

Security

The M1 chip and macOS give MacBook Air advanced security and privacy features beyond anything in its class, helping to protect your system and data.

Secure Enclave coprocessor Provides a silicon-level foundation for critical security features like Touch ID — and with M1, it’s super-fast.

Dedicated AES storage encryption engine Keeps encryption keys safe while delivering incredible performance for encrypted storage and data protection.

Secure boot and runtime security features Ensures that only trusted Apple software loads at startup and helps protect macOS while running.

Activation Lock Helps keep your Mac secure if it‘s ever lost, stolen or misplaced, and can improve your chances of recovering it.

A wider palette of colours on display.

25%more colours than sRGB

clarity.

Good-looking. And easy on the eyes. MacBook Air automatically adjusts the colour temperature of your display to your environment for a more natural viewing experience.

Get clear, sharp images. See amazing detail in shadows and highlights. And face detection uses the Neural Engine to improve tone mapping and colour accuracy for natural‑looking skin tones.

Say “hello” to mics that focus on your voice instead of what’s going on around you.

Precise control with plenty of room to swipe, pinch or zoom.

One touch is all it takes to unlock MacBook Air. Use your fingerprint to rent a movie, buy an app or access things like secure documents or system settings without having to re-enter your password. And when you shop online with Apple Pay, Touch ID fills in your shipping and billing information without sharing your card details.

Wi-Fi 6

up to 1.2 Gbps throughput4

Charging

6K

External
display

Data transfer
up to 40 Gbps4

Connecting your
devices

AR

Use AR to see MacBook Air in your

workspace.

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Which laptop is right for you?

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MacBook Air 13”
M1 chip

13. 3-inch Retina display5

Apple M1 chip

8GB or 16GB 
unified memory

256GB to
2TB storage3

Up to
18 hours of battery life1

Touch ID

Buy

New 15” model MacBook Air 13” and 15”
M2 chip

13.6-inch or 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display5

Apple M2 chip

8GB to 24GB 
unified memory

256GB to
2TB storage3

Up to
18 hours of battery life6

Touch ID

Buy

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MacBook Pro 13”
M2 chip

13.3-inch Retina display5

Apple M2 chip

8GB to 24GB 
unified memory

256GB to
2TB storage3

Up to
20 hours of battery life7

Touch Bar and Touch ID

Buy

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MacBook Pro 14” and 16”
M2 Pro or M2 Max chip

14. 2-inch or 16.2-inch
Liquid Retina XDR display5

Apple M2 Pro or
Apple M2 Max chip

16GB to 96GB 
unified memory

512GB to
8TB storage3

Up to
22 hours of battery life8

Touch ID

Buy

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MacBook Air with M1 chip – Mac Does That

Easy

Powerful

Amazing

Mac does that.

iPhone

If you love iPhone,
YOU’LL
LOVE MAC.

You’ll feel right at home on Mac, with many of the same features and apps as iPhone.

Migration

Set up
and

GO.

More about Migration

Migration Assistant

Coming from Windows?

Mac makes switching over from Windows simple. The Migration Assistant app guides you through moving over important files and folders — so you can get right back to doing what you love. And when you sign in to iCloud on your new Mac, files from your iPhone and iPad are at your fingertips.

Coming from Mac?

Migration Assistant makes upgrading to a new Mac a breeze. It moves over your user accounts, settings, and apps wirelessly — so you can pick up where you left off without missing a beat. And signing in to iCloud during setup gives you immediate access to files on your other Apple devices.

Apps

Yep,
they
run on Mac.

More about Apps

Mac runs your favorite apps.

From Microsoft 365 to Adobe Creative Cloud and Zoom, the Mac App Store has thousands of apps that let you work, learn, play, create, and collaborate. Every Mac also comes with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — productivity software made for macOS. Web apps like Google Docs work great on Safari, too.

iCloud

All your things.

All in iCloud.

ALL IN SYNC.

More about iCloud

iCloud

With iCloud, you can access your photos, files, notes, email, and so much more across all your Apple devices. Changes you make on your Mac will sync to your iPhone and iPad so you’re always up to date.

Battery

Battery icon indicating Mac has up to 22 hours of battery life.

Up to

22 HRS

Watch
the whole
season on a
SINGLE
CHARGE.1

Performance

Sprint through anything with

APPLE SILICON.

More about Performance

Oh, it’s fast.

Apple silicon brings game-changing power and speed to everything you do — integrating the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and more onto a single tiny chip. So whether you’re taking on everyday tasks or your next big project, you can do it all on Mac faster than ever. And thanks to the efficiency of Apple silicon, Mac laptops deliver all-day battery life without any drop in performance when you’re unplugged.2

Faster web application responsiveness3

MacBook Air with M2

Up to50%faster

PC laptop with Intel Core i7

Longer battery life when video conferencing4

MacBook Air with M2

Up to2.3xlonger

PC laptop with Intel Core i7

Security

ADVANCED SECURITY
comes standard.

Every Mac comes with industry‑leading encryption, robust virus protections, and a powerful firewall system. And free security updates help keep your Mac protected.

Touch ID

The magic touch.

Use Apple Pay, unlock your computer, sign in to websites, and download apps with Touch ID.

Touch ID

Durability

Built to last.

Every Mac has a superdurable enclosure made of beautiful recycled aluminum.

macOS

RELIABLY
UP TO DATE.

Free software updates from Apple keep Mac running smoothly and securely.

Continuity

Better together.

From transferring files with AirDrop to locating devices with Find My — when you use Mac together with iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, everything gets better.

More about Continuity

AirDrop

AirDrop lets you take a file from any folder and wirelessly send it to a nearby Mac, iPhone, or iPad. It’s perfect for sharing a photo or document with a friend nearby.

Handoff

When your Mac, iPhone, and iPad are near each other, they can pass work from one device to another, letting you get right back to what you were doing with just a tap or a click. 5

iMessage

Thanks to iMessage, conversations on one Apple device can sync across all your devices. So you can message someone on your iPhone or iPad and keep the conversation going on your Mac. And it works with SMS messages — the ones in green bubbles.6

Continuity Camera

With Continuity Camera, you can use your iPhone as a webcam on your Mac, unlocking unique features for your next video call or livestream. You can also use iPhone to scan documents and insert photos into your work on Mac.

Universal Clipboard

Copy images, video, or text from an app on your iPhone or iPad. Then paste into another app on your nearby Mac — or vice versa. There are no extra steps. Just copy and paste as you normally do.

Find My

The Find My app on Mac makes it easy to keep track of other Apple devices — even if they’re offline. And if you can’t find your Mac, you can use Find My on your other Apple devices to track it down.

Support

Apple Support has your back, 24/7.

Apple Support is always just an online chat, phone call, or in‑store appointment away.

Accessibility

Each Mac comes with built-in accessibility features engineered for everyone to make something wonderful.

Learn more about Accessibility

Environment

Mac is designed with the earth in mind, utilizing recycled materials and responsible packaging. And we’ll recycle your old PC at no cost.

Learn more about Environment

Parental Controls

You want to do what’s best for your family. So do we. Mac helps give you control over how your kids use their devices.

Learn more about Parental Controls

Family Sharing

With Family Sharing, you can share apps, movies, music, and more with the people you love, so you don’t all have to buy the same stuff over and over.

Learn more about Family Sharing

to buy or save by taking M1? (voting) / Sudo Null IT News The manufacturer has made improvements in virtually all systems, but, frankly, we are not talking about revolutionary changes.

Therefore, the choice between 2020 models with an M1 processor or a new one with an M2 chip is really difficult. We offer you to dwell on the main differences in detail and decide whether to upgrade to the latest model or save money and get the MacBook Air M1 2020.

MacBook Air M1 and M2

The 2020 MacBook Air came out in a traditional design, with a wedge-shaped case at the end. At the mounts, its thickness reaches a maximum of 16.1 mm, and closer to the touchpad it narrows to only 4.1 mm. Many people like this design from an aesthetic point of view, but working while lying on the couch is not very convenient – the sharp edge digs into the skin. Not much, but it creates some discomfort.

MacBook Air M1 and M2

In 2022, for the first time in the line of “air” laptops, Cupertino changed the design. It has lost its wedge-shaped shape, and the thickness is now the same in all parts. To provide passive cooling, small legs were added from the bottom – as in the flagship MacBook Pro. However, due to the minimum thickness (11.3 mm) and lightness, the laptop definitely belongs to the Air line.

The width of the laptops is the same, the length has increased by 0.26 cm in 2022. The new model has indeed become lighter, but only by 50 grams – in practice it is almost imperceptible.

To summarize, there are differences, but it is difficult to make an unambiguous choice in favor of a new or old model. Both options will find support among users.

The 2020 MacBook Air 13 comes in three colors – Space Grey, Silver and Gold. In 2022, there are already four shades – Space Gray and Silver have been preserved, instead of golden, you can take Starlight and Midnight has been added. The latter made a splash – it looks simply gorgeous, but absolutely impractical. Fingerprints and traces instantly remain on the surface, with which it is useless to fight – they will return after the next touch. But visually it is a bomb, and you can forget about practicality in this case.

As for materials, there are no surprises. The body is made of recycled aluminum – durable, lightweight and environmentally friendly.

2. Display

2.1. Dimensions and screen resolution

The old model received a Retina display with a diagonal of 13.3 inches and a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The new one already uses Liquid Retina, the diagonal has grown to 13.6 inches due to ultra-thin frames, and the resolution has slightly grown to 2560×1664 pixels. There are P3 and True Tone proprietary options in both lines, but the brightness in 2022 is slightly higher – 500 nits (was 400).

MacBook Air

2.2. “Bangs” on the screen of the MacBook Air M2

In the MacBook Air M2, the manufacturer returned the “bang” to the screen, which caused a lot of controversy among users. It does not look very good, but it can be hidden by using a dark theme or programmatically. Although bangs are really annoying only for the first couple of hours – then you just stop noticing it. So this is a minus, but a small one.

3. Capacity

3.1. Technical data M1 and M2

This is a key difference between the two generations, so let’s look at the issue in detail.

The first proprietary “apple” M1 chip could already boast of top performance compared to Intel processors. It has 8 cores (equally productive and efficient) + 8-core GPU graphics chip. It supports up to 16 gigabytes of combined memory with the option of installing a 2 TB drive, but 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage are installed in the base configuration. By the way, the base in the new model is the same.

M2 has even better performance. The chip was created using the same 5nm technology and received 8 cores, but it has 20 billion transistors (it was 16), a graphics processor with 10 cores and a media engine. Such innovations made it possible to increase the data processing speed by 20% – this is really a lot, especially considering that only two years have passed since the presentation of Apple’s first own processor. The maximum amount of combined memory has grown to 24 GB. Plus, there is support for ProRes / RAW codecs, while before it was necessary to be limited to H.264 and HEVC.

M1 and M2

3.2. Test results and real work

In practice, the performance and power parameters declared by the manufacturer correspond to reality. But, as always, there is a nuance. With the simplest tasks, working with text documents or open 20-30 tabs in Safari, you will not notice the difference between the two generations – both pull such processes with ease. Speed ​​plays a role when working with 3D graphics and editing video in 4K. The old MacBook does not pull them, the new one will cope, but not for long. The fact is that it has only passive cooling, and it is simply not intended for long-term continuous operation at high loads. And editing a video, rendering and compiling the program code initially provides for a lengthy process. So for such work it is worth buying a MacBook Pro.

Well, if you choose between these two models, both are good, but the M2 has more potential. Here the choice is clearly in favor of the novelty.

4. Autonomy of MacBook Air

4.1. Battery Life Comparison

The 2020 “Air” MacBook has a 49.9 Wh battery, while the 2022 version has a 52.6 Wh battery. But excellent autonomy is ensured primarily by the features of the proprietary processor. Speaking to the press, Apple’s VP of Marketing Bob Borchers even claimed that the Macbook Air M1’s battery life was so impressive that the company initially suspected a battery indicator failure. And the new M2 technology has further increased the battery life of the computer.

Thus, when using the MacBook Air M1 autonomy is up to 15 hours of Internet surfing and up to 18 hours of watching movies on Apple TV. This is enough time to not worry about charging all day long at work or while traveling. Compared to the previous version, the new MacBook Air M2 has even longer battery life – up to 20 hours of online viewing of Apple TV and up to 17 hours when searching for information on the Internet.

The new generation has a quick charge option – 50% of the battery can be replenished in just 30 minutes. But remember that you should not use it all the time – it “kills” the battery faster.

Wireless charging provides additional comfort, but it deserves a separate analysis.

4.2. Difference between M1 and M2 in daily use

Almost no difference. Both laptops hold a charge well, do not heat up and do not make noise. They have a passive cooling system – for a basic laptop for simple tasks, what you need.

5. Ports and connections

5.1. Return of MagSafe

Having a MagSafe 3 magnetic connector for wireless charging in the 2022 version is definitely a big plus. With it, you can not only quickly and without any hassle with wires to power your laptop battery, but also free up the Type-C port for other tasks. And given the limited number of connectors in both lines, this problem will be acute for many users.

MacBook Air

5.

2. Availability and number of USB-C ports With. But back to the fact that MagSafe can be used to charge the M2, so one of the connectors is released. Also in the new generation, several power adapters appeared – 35 W with two Type-C ports and 67 W with the fast charging option, but they need to be purchased separately.

Separately, we note the appearance in 2022 of a 3.5 mm jack, with which you can enjoy high-quality audio with high-impedance headphones.

6. Camera and audio enhancements

6.1. Updated FaceTime HD camera

The FaceTime HD camera is definitely better, going from 720p to 1080p resolution. A very important improvement considering that after 2020, so many people have switched to telecommuting with constant video conferencing. In this regard, the MacBook Air M2 definitely gets extra points.

6.2. Sound System Improvements

Apple has always taken sound quality very seriously. There are 4 speakers in the M2 and they provide support for Dolby Atmos surround sound. 3 directional microphones are responsible for recording the sound track and video communication – with them you can easily make professional video voice acting without connecting third-party devices. Plus the 3.5mm stereo port we mentioned above.

The audio quality of the M1 is also excellent, but much better in the new generation.

7. Settings and prices

7.1. M1 and M2 Configuration Options

The base MacBook Air M1 comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but you can choose models with 16GB of combined storage and a 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD.

For the M2, the base remains the same, available in 16GB or 24GB combined memory and 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD configurations.

7.2. Cost Comparison

This is the parameter where the MacBook Air M1 wins. In the basic configuration, its price starts at $9.99, while the M2 costs $200 more.

8. Selection guide

8.1. When to choose MacBook Air M1?

The 2020 MacBook Air is ideal for basic tasks such as studying, working with documents and presentations, watching TV series, searching for information on the Internet or creating a presentation. It looks stylish, remains one of the most status and solid in its niche, and the functionality will be more than enough for such operations. And you’ll save about $200.

8.2. When to choose MacBook Air M2?

If you’re looking for a laptop that can deliver high performance for 4K video, complex tasks like scene rendering or other heavy computing tasks, or a new design and improved webcam, then the MacBook Air M2 is the right choice. However, for professional work with graphics and video, we still recommend taking the flagship MacBook Pro.

We are a democracy, so we invite you to choose which laptop is better – MacBook Air M1 2020 or MacBook Air M2 2022. Vote and write in the comments what your choice is based on.

Video Card Comparison 2023: Bucket Collector’s Opinion

#Impressions of a 13-inch MacBook Pro on M1 in a year with a little

Hello.

It’s no secret that for the last ten years I have been using a MacBook for work, I once took an Air for a test, then after a couple of years I switched to Pro and fell in love with that machine, it has worked for me for more than seven years and is still in service. The appearance of the MacBook model on the ARM processor was an absolute event, and I wanted to evaluate all the capabilities of the system, and even change the old one for something new. Therefore, I bought a 13-inch model, this is my favorite form factor.

A little over a year has passed, and I can already say for sure that the laptop annoys me, and I have turned into a typical Apple fan who swears, does a bunch of unnecessary things in everyday life, but continues to use the laptop. The mice cried, pricked themselves, but continued to eat the cactus.

I should probably explain why I still haven’t upgraded this MacBook Pro to something else, like a Windows PC. A couple of years ago, I began to gradually look for a replacement for my MacBook, I took different computers for testing, but something always didn’t suit me – either the keyboard, or the operating time, or some other parameters. I took flagships from different companies and at the same time did not experience any prejudices against Windows, systems equivalent to MacOS, somewhere one is better, somewhere else. But I did not find anything that would satisfy the set of parameters and prices. Let’s just say, despite all the jambs and deterioration, for me, the MacBook Pro remains an excellent work machine. But I no longer feel confident in it, since I managed to collect many small and large glitches, each of which adds a bit of irritation. I’ll make a reservation right away that errors in most cases are software problems, the fact that ARM processors are new for Apple and the company is just learning to remove certain problems.

In no particular order, I will list what I like about the laptop and what causes questions.

Aluminum case, display, keyboard, battery life

I’d like to start with something nice, but in the MacBook it’s a bare-metal case machined from billet aluminum. No matter how much I tried different machines, aluminum cases almost always look thin there, they don’t feel as massive as in the MacBook (massive doesn’t mean heavy at all). It’s just that there is a feeling of metal here, the case does not walk under the arms (there is a problem with this in the new iPads, the thickness of the metal has been reduced, it bends under the fingers, I hope this trend will not reach the MacBook).

All past MacBooks were wrapped in leather linings, they made it possible to distinguish your laptop from others, plus they covered the case from scratches.

I screwed up and somehow didn’t put the stickers on, I didn’t like the plastic overlays, in a word, I started using the laptop as it is, at the same time I placed the stickers on the top panel.

The reliability of the case is beyond doubt, I have a few notches on the side surfaces, nothing critical.

I didn’t drop my laptop, in general I treat it calmly, I don’t blow off dust particles, but I don’t throw it on the bed or table either. General use.

The keyboard took getting used to, but in the end I got used to it. Not as comfortable as before, but you can get used to it. The keys start to get shiny over time, I type a lot of texts daily.

In general, I am satisfied with the keyboard, although the same touchbar is not needed, it is almost always useless.

Battery life is excellent in my usage scenarios (web, Pages). Here you can not worry about anything, and you can recharge the laptop as you like, including from an external battery with PD support. I often work from the power supply, battery wear is minimal at the moment, about 1%. It is clear that the main thing will happen in 2-2.5 years after the start of use, but from old memory I am sure that it will not be as large as that of other companies. And that has always been a plus for the MacBook.

The screen is excellent, the brightness is set to about 70%, otherwise it blinds during operation. I almost never watch movies, for this I have either a TV or a tablet. When I travel, I watch it on my tablet or phone. In general, everything is fine with iron, and there are no complaints about the listed components. And it was about the good.

SSD Wear – Uncertainty about Lifespan

My laptop has 512 GB of memory, 8 GB of RAM. Let me remind you that in these machines all the memory is combined, that is, it is one physical block. Something breaks down, and write wasted, replacing the entire board, it’s easier to buy a new laptop.

I was unlucky, because my laptop had increased wear on the SSD, this is a problem that was solved by software changes six months after the appearance of machines on the M1.

We decided conditionally, since the system still pumps an unimaginable amount of data on previous machines, which reduces the SSD resource. At the moment I have this wear.

Nearly double what happened in seven years on the previous MacBook Pro, feel the difference.

I reinstalled the system from scratch, turned off Spotlight indexing, danced with a tambourine with a full and waning moon – like a dead poultice. Every hour the system pumps about 100 GB of data, why and why, there is no answer. It’s pointless to get an answer from Apple support, they themselves don’t know what’s wrong. Typically, this drastically shortens the life of the SSD, and after five years of using the laptop, you will need to be extremely careful in everything, it can simply be covered with a copper basin. Lack of confidence is the worst thing about this computer.

Someone is doing much better and doesn’t have these problems. I do not work with video, with heavy files, where these volumes of processed information come from is not very clear. But for comparison, I took exactly the same MacBook Pro on M1, which is six months old, he works in the office – mail, browser, a little YouTube. For six months, it also turned out decently for the use of SSD.

So, apparently, these are features of the new architecture and nothing can be done about it. Irritation is for the future, since in the present everything works and there are no problems here. While everything is working, what will happen next is the question.

Features of MacOS – everyday little things that annoy

Here I will state not all the moments, but the brightest ones, so that you feel my pain, which sometimes occurs at the most inopportune moment. I want to work fast, get things done without being distracted by the ritual of bringing apps or devices to life. For simplicity, I will break my problems into separate sections.

Working with external SSD/HDD . You never know if the system will read an external drive or not. Yesterday everything was working, today it may not work. Reboot does not save in any way, the device simply refuses to read the disk. Thanks to the kind people who explained that the problem is old and I was “lucky” to encounter it only on this machine. The recipe for treatment is simple to disgrace: plug the disk into a Windows computer, then return to the MacBook. Laughter laughter, but that’s how it works. Now I take a couple of disks with me on trips to throw off data if one of them is not readable. It’s inconvenient, but SSDs, even if they are small in size, don’t weigh down the backpack so much. In general, I can’t understand how this is possible, but it happens from time to time.

Also, when working with photos on external media and trying to copy them to a second connected drive, I often catch the “Error -36” error. The system does not process files correctly and simply crashes, also an old problem, it can be solved with a couple of commands in the terminal. But the very existence of this error looks at least strange. It is high time to resolve this issue. There are a huge number of pages in the search that offer her solution, and, apparently, she is not alone.

Thumb and closing apps . Killed a few days to figure out why my laptop closes applications on its own that were open. Usually I have mail, browser, Pages, Telegram, Finder open. It doesn’t matter if I close the lid of the laptop or not, whether it is connected to the network or not, but after an hour or two, Pages and mail close on their own. If Safari was open, then it also closes (but I hardly use it, and I don’t care). Sometimes it turns out that Chrome is also closed.

No matter what I sinned, I climbed all the settings, nothing helps. The laptop lives its own life and just closes these applications. From time to time.

Application freeze – freeze! I am writing this text, I decided to copy into Pages a piece from my article, which is open in Chrome. Suddenly, Pages stops responding, you can safely lean back in your chair, it will die off in about twenty seconds, until that moment you can relax. And this happens from time to time, not so often to say that daily, but once every couple of days for sure.

Need to reboot . There are a lot of annoying things on MacOS, but the one that annoys me the most is disappearing file icons in the Finder. Yesterday everything looked like this.

And then suddenly they disappear, and no settings can bring them back. Instructions on the net that allow you to delete the cache through the terminal do not work for me. Reboot saves, a few days pass, and history repeats itself.

There are other “little things” that force you to reboot. But I won’t even write about them.

File attachment does not work . You work in the usual mode, you click “Attach a file” in the mail, and then nothing happens. It’s like he didn’t even press the button. Moreover, the failure is of a systemic nature, in the same Telegram at this moment everything also rises. You can wait five minutes, and everything will work. And you can close the application, open it again, and everything will work. Seems to me that this shouldn’t be the case.

Causeless brakes . When working in several applications, the device often freezes when switching, I switch between windows too quickly on the keyboard. In any case, Apple support told me that I should try not to switch so quickly, the system will work more reliably. No, this is not a bad joke. It is clear that the one who advised me this is not a very smart person, but still.

Lost free space on SSD . I have a 512 GB SSD, usually around 250 GB of free space. But sometimes amazing things happen, the system suddenly starts screaming that there is no place. Reboot helps, free space immediately appears out of nowhere. I searched for the cause of the leak in various ways, but this is apparently a system problem. There are no files, caches, in which there is some amount of data. It’s just that the system starts behaving strangely. And do nothing about it.

My impressions and verdict

For Apple, ARM processors and a new memory architecture are still something new, hence the glitches in the software, all sorts of little things that pop up all the time. The company updates its applications and systems, but the problems are chaotic and directly depend on how you use your computer, what programs you have installed and what load the device is under. It is impossible to guess whether you will have problems or not. I described only those that I have, but there are still people whose laptops simply burned out from ordinary accessories! It also happens.

As I see it, most of the problems are of a software nature, while I just use the device as an office worker, I don’t run any complex third-party applications other than Telegram, Chrome. And I get the following output of the system. For the money, the MacBook Pro turned out to be a very dubious purchase, and most importantly, there is no certainty that it will not throw out something else. In every sense a raw product.

Communicating with other owners of such “firmware”, I usually heard that it’s nothing, sometimes it happens, but it’s not critical. Some said: “But Windows is even worse, and it is completely impossible to work there.” To my counter question, when they worked on Windows, usually the answer was “never”, but they saw how others do it. I can’t say anything about Windows, but I have a bad aftertaste from the MacBook Pro on the M1. Yes, I wrongly and out of curiosity invested my money in this tool that works for me. All the same, for a number of parameters for me, it outperforms Windows laptops, but the fact that such an expensive laptop has the listed problems is simply nonsense. No pleasure to use, just an annoyance when basic things stop working. The previous MacBook on Intel was much more stable and predictable in all use cases.