M1 Macs: as Responsive as the iPad Pro but with macOS
There is no more need to compromise. The perfect Macs are finally here.
Aren’t you tired of reading and hearing about the new M1 Macs? Well, maybe there’s a good reason people can’t stop talking about them.
For the past two years, I started using my 2018 iPad Pro more because I found it more reactive and, overall, more pleasant to use than my 2016 MacBook Pro.
Doing complex tasks on an iPad is extremely annoying and frustrating, for sure. But as long as you don’t multitask, do anything too web intensive, or have to manage files all day, the iPad is overall a way snappier and responsive device than any MacBook.
Lots of people have been like me: using their iPad Pro almost as their primary computing device. Some of them chose mobility. Others were happy to use a responsive, powerful, and fun device.
But these people have been spoiled recently with the release of these new Macs.
The M1 Macs are the best of both worlds. They are as responsive and snappy to use as the iPad Pro, but they are more capable and feature a more complex OS, macOS Big Sur.
These Macs are so capable, have such good battery life, and are reasonably price, it gets confusing to recommend anything else. Even the $4,000 16-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t seem to outperform the new M1 MacBook Air by this much. And on the other end, I don’t see how relevant it can be to recommend the purchase of an iPad Pro while the sub-thousand dollars MacBook Air can do much more (unless you are an artist or a designer, of course, in which case you may enjoy using the Apple Pencil.)
I decided to purchase the M1 MacMini, and I have been using it every day for two weeks. I decided to keep my iPad Pro that I will use as my mobile device. I keep being impressed by how powerful the Mac is. I go through 4K footage in Final Cut as if the clips were 480p. I import, generate previews, and edit in Lightroom faster than I have ever experienced or seen. Managing files, web browsing, and other miscellaneous tasks are instant or very quick to launch.
The global experience so far has been pleasant. Going back to my Intel MacBook Pro, the difference is massive. Having to wait these few seconds every time I open a document or launch an app feels unnecessary and illogical.
When it comes to compatibility, I haven’t come to the point where an app couldn’t run. I’m sure they exist, and I would recommend you check out every app you are using in your current workflow for compatibility before you decide to upgrade.
But if you have been a fan of using an iOS device, specifically an iPad Pro, you will love upgrading to the M1. If the idea of switching your workflow to an iPad Pro terrified, now is the best time for you: you can benefit from the responsiveness of the iOS device while not compromising with the OS.