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  1. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    If you zoom in on the picture, you can see that it is an ultrawide, curved Samsung monitor. My guess based on his earlier posts is that it is a 49" Samsung Odyssey G9 with resolution of 5120x1440 pixels; similar to two 27" 2560x1440 monitors sitting side by side, but without any visible seam...
  2. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    I guess you won't be running the iPad/iPhone games for cats, which show "fish" swimming around, and encourage the cat to paw the screen to get them … :P
  3. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    I'm at a loss to understand why Apple has not yet offered a cellular data modem option for the MacBook Pros. One where the cellular data plan could be turned on and off, on a month to month basis, as on an iPad. Some major Wintel laptop makers have offered such modems (the hardware, anyway –...
  4. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Educated guess: 1. Apple's been starting with entry-level machines and working their way up. This reflects the fact that Apple Silicon chips are refined versions of chips developed for the iPhone and iPad. Apple is taking the computing-power-per-watt efficiency from the mobile world, and...
  5. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Is that a SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2 drive? https://www.westerndigital.com/products/portable-drives/sandisk-extreme-pro-usb-3-2-ssd#SDSSDE81-1T00-G25 The specifications on that indicate that it has a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 ("up to 20 Gbps") interface. Unfortunately, USB4 defines three...
  6. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Intel-based Macs have one type of CPU. Apple-Silicon-based Macs have another. So you can't run operating systems built for Intel/AMD processors on an Apple-Silicon-based Mac. No Windows 7. No version of macOS predating Big Sur. No Intel distributions of Linux or BSD. Parallels doesn't...
  7. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Everything except the Mac Pros. You can configure the Intel-based Mac Pros with up to 28 cores, up to 1.5 TB of RAM, two MPX modules with up to four GPUs, and a ProRes accelerator card. A lot of everyday applications will not make use of this kind of hardware, but if you are running certain...
  8. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    PCIe solid-state drive. It had better be a SSD for the price they are charging for it! :P
  9. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    A lot of upgrades to the high-end MacBook Pros. Faster CPUs and GPUs. Faster SSDs. Better battery life. Better speakers and microphones and webcams. HDMI, a SD slot, and Thunderbolt 4. MagSafe. We're down one USB-C (Thunderbolt) port, compared to the old standard of four, but the...
  10. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    If you are on the Individual plan or the Family plan, I don't think there is any change to functionality or to pricing. This thing appears to be a new cut-corners plan to draw mass-market subscribers at a $4.99/month rate. I have not been watching the event, so I don't know what they might...
  11. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    I'm looking at the Apple Web site for the current plans, which are $4.99/month Student $9.99/month Individual $14.99/month Family On MacRumors, there is a snapshot of what appears to be an Apple slide showing $4.99/month Voice $9.99/month Individual $14.99/month Family...
  12. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    As far as backup hard drives go – there's no need to get Thunderbolt drives. USB 3.0 has a theoretical transfer rate that is several times the maximum sustained transfer rates of even the fastest hard drives. As long as you're just carrying USB data – and bus power for portable drives – it's...
  13. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    USB-A is a dedicated connector that only supports USB data transfers (USB 1.0 – 3.x) and power. The same is true of the 5-pin and 10-pin Micro USB connectors found on smartphones, Kindles, portable drives, etc. (The 5-pin Micro USB connectors are limited to USB 1.0 – 2.0 speeds.) USB-C is a...
  14. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    I wouldn't be surprised if the new ones have a screen that is a bit larger, but we don't know just what size that might be; thus 27" is a convenient default / place holder, especially given that so many standalone monitors are 27". There's also a fair amount of wishful thinking out there, e.g...
  15. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    You can hold onto old technology too long. I had been carrying a flip phone, because the phone was easy to carry in a pocket, cheap/tough enough that I did not have to worry about damage, and seemed to have a low service bill ($38.10/month) compared to smartphones. (Two phones that lasted...
  16. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    I guess that it depends on what kind of pro work you do. My Late 2009 iMac (8 GB RAM, nearly-full 2 TB hard disk) is slow to wake. There can sometimes be slowdowns and freezes while it is doing a lot of seeks. For the pro task of writing books, I've found that its many, many llmitations (no...
  17. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Low-res? The 27" screen is physically larger than the 24" (actually: 23.5") one, but in terms of their PPI resolution, the screens are almost identical – both having 218.xxx PPI. The 24" M1 iMac is not a replacement for the 27" Intel iMacs, but for the 21.5" 4K Retina iMac. The 21.5" iMac had...
  18. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    The 27" LG 5K monitor that Apple sells for $1300 in their online store doesn't do the job?!?
  19. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    It's unlikely that the instruction set architecture is limiting the maximum amount of RAM. The architecture of a particular Apple Silicon chip may be a different story. No CPU of any type available in the near future is going to support 2^64 bytes of actual RAM, a.k.a. 16 billion billion bytes...
  20. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    The Apple-Silcon-based Mac Pro desktop is likely to be in a class of its own, way above the iMacs and Minis. Current Intel-based 27" iMacs can take up to 128 GB of RAM, but some of the Mac Pros accept 1.5 TB. So the question is more, what will the features and limitations of the 27" iMacs, 16"...
  21. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    (I have relocated this from its original home in the M1 iPad thread in the interests of keeping things better organized. – Tom) Here's a further idea on how Apple could expand, and simplify the marketing of, their Mac notebook lines. MacBook Air Lightweight, small, and powerful. All Retina...
  22. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Just when there was this other nice rumor: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/05/14/macbook-pro-leaks-confirm-returning-ports/ The return of HDMI doesn't seem like a big deal, given that it is as easy to carry a USB-C to HDMI adapter cable in your bag as a HDMI to HDMI one. But the SD*C card...
  23. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Not that it's likely to happen, but it would be nice if Apple sold a standalone 24" 4.5K Retina Display that had the same panel as the 24" M1 iMacs, plus Standard VESA mount and basic, height-adjustable, no desk/wall drilling/clamps required, desktop VESA stand DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 3...
  24. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    You can already custom-order 16 GB of RAM on any of the M1-based Macs. Apple would not need to go to M1X/M2 chips in the entry-level models just for that. My guess is that Apple will put the M1X/M2 into the high-end Mac Minis, the high-end 13" MacBook Pros, the 16" MacBook Pros, and the 27"...
  25. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    If Apple kept the current PPI, but made the screen taller (16:10 aspect ratio, like the old 30" Apple Cinema Display), that would result in a 5120 x 3200 pixel screen with a 27.75" diagonal. There would be no need to make the iMac chassis any wider; only to reallocate a bit of vertical space to...
  26. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    My 128K Mac (got it in February 1984) got the MacPlus upgrade. The service people replaced the motherboard, the floppy drive, and the back of the case (to handle the SCSI-1 and serial port changes). They didn't give me the extended MacPlus keyboard, but I most definitely got a machine with an...
  27. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Another thought. Suppose that Apple offered an "Apple Silicon Upgrade Program" to current Mac Pro owners. Send your Mac Pro in for the upgrade, and they would Swap out the Intel CPU/motherboard for an Apple Silicon one. Re-flash all of your Apple-supplied MPX modules and PCIe cards with ARM...
  28. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    No, it's not the old G5 Mac Pro. It's a Mac Pro that doesn't have any internal mechanical drive bays – providing instead for up to two SSD modules and up to 8 TB of internal SSD storage. It's a Mac Pro that makes explicit provisions for internal DisplayPort video routing to support Thunderbolt...
  29. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    Suppose that Apple designed a Mac Pro motherboard that used a desktop Apple Silicon chip, instead of a Xeon CPU. Does that mean that you would want to throw the Mac Pro's assorted PCIe slots, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and MPX graphics bays into the dumpster? Apple didn't throw the idea of "an...
  30. Thomas Newton

    Apple Silicon (ARM based) Macs buyers and owners thread

    These days, the system would probably do paging to "compressed RAM" before resorting to paging to the SSD. The theory behind paging to "compressed RAM' is that CPUs are now so fast that it can be faster for a system to do this than to wait for data to be paged in from a HDD/SSD. The...
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