Going hands-on with the new Intel version I tested alongside it. But that mostly comes from the new MacOS Big Sur experience, more than the hardware changes inside. Big Sur is a huge change for the Mac, with new visual flair, new controls and new ways of interfacing with your Mac. Once you account for the big OS update, the day-to-day experience will be familiar to anyone who has used a recent MacBook Air. That, by itself, is a big point in favor of the theory that switching Macs, especially the MacBook Air, from Intel CPUs to the new will be overall a smooth transition.feels very different from using any previous MacBook Air, even the early-2020
Read more: Testing the entire new Apple Mac M1 lineup
For such a popular laptop — I often call the MacBook Air the most universally useful laptop you can buy — continuity of experience is incredibly important. That’s true for Air users, who are usually looking for a sleek, reasonably priced machine that just works, as well as for those who use MacBook Pro laptops, the iMac, the Mac Mini or the Mac Pro for professional design, editing, photography or music work. Right now, only part of the Mac line is switching to Apple silicon. The rest, I’d expect to come sometime in the next year.
A familiar experience
There are a couple of things working in the M1’s favor when it comes to continuity of experience. The first is that much of what we do on our computers, again especially for the typical MacBook Air buyer, is done online, through cloud-based and browser-based tools.
Email, social media, shopping, video streaming, even workplace collaboration through Slack or other online tools — it’s all cloud- or browser-based, and for the most part highly platform-agnostic. The differences between the Mac and Windows capabilities of most laptops have narrowed significantly with this shift, and it’s rare — although not unheard of — that a casual or mainstream user runs into the old problem of not having the right OS for the tool they need.
In situations like the above, the new M1 MacBook Air feels very much like an Intel MacBook Air, which is a big selling point to anyone concerned about the wholesale platform change.
The Rosetta factor
Assisting in this is the Rosetta 2 emulation technology, which automatically installs itself the first time you attempt to install a non-native app (as in, an app not optimized for the M1 platform). So far, it’s let me install things like Adobe apps, including Photoshop and Premiere Pro, Steam for gaming and Google’s Chrome web browser.
Adobe adds its own warning message, letting you know you’re still installing and running the Intel versions of these programs while the M1-native versions are being worked on. A version of Lightroom is coming later in 2020, Photoshop and other apps are not coming until sometime in 2021. As Adobe apps and Macs really go hand in hand, it’s a bit shocking to me that zero Adobe apps are ready in their native forms on Day 1 of the M1 era. I’d have suspected Apple would keep a team of Adobe engineers chained in the basement of Illustrator could be a Day 1 native app.to make sure at least Photoshop or
That said, the emulated versions worked fine. Some of my colleagues would never deign to use Photoshop on a MacBook Air. I’ve used it for minor picture editing for years and the emulated version felt as robust as the native version on my Core i5 Air.
One disappointment was that Mac gaming remains, much as it ever was, an afterthought. After some big claims about cult favorite new RPGrunning on M1 Macs, I could not get the Mac version to run via Steam — I got an error message on each of the M1 Macs I tested. Larian, developer of BG3, tells me that it’s working on a Rosetta-ready patch for the Steam version of the game right now.
Emulating software, especially games, is always a roll of the dice, but at least that’s the only app I tried that wouldn’t even launch in Rosetta mode. That said, the Steam interface itself ran sluggishly. I hope there’s a native version of that in the not-too-distant future as well.
Testing several other MacOS-compatible games from my Steam and GOG.com libraries, I got two out of six to work, so at the moment, I’d consider this even less of a gaming-friendly machine than its predecessor, but hopefully that’s an issue that can be patched or updated away soon.
But I wouldn’t call that a dealbreaker (unless you’re specifically buying a new Mac to play Baldur’s Gate 3 right now…). The truth is, the x86 app compatibility on the M1 is night and day different from my experience on Arm-based Windows PCs, including similarly high-end ones like the. Those Arm-based PCs simply refuse to run all but a modest handful of software and while I like a lot about the Surface Pro X, it’s a productivity stopper that got in my way a lot. It was impossible to ever really forget you were using a non-Intel computer, while with the M1 MacBook Air, it was (almost) never an issue.
Call me a fan of fanless
Of the three new M1 Macs, the MacBook Air is the most different from its predecessor. That’s because the system is finally truly fanless, replacing the cooling fans with an aluminum heat spreader inside, as well as taking advantage of the highly efficient M1 chip, which Apple says will produce less heat, do more work per watt and generally outperform even high-end Intel Macs.
If you’ve never thought of the MacBook Air as a particularly loud laptop, try letting your 9-year-old play Roblox on it for a while; the fan really kicks in. Having a fanless version — something still rare even in ultrathin Windows laptops — is a big internal change.
The M1 version inside the Air is nearly identical to the ones in the MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. On paper the only difference is that the base model has a seven-core GPU on the SOC versus eight GPU cores in the higher-end M1 machines (including in the higher-end M1 Air config). Previously, there was a lot more daylight between the MacBooks, with the default $999 MacBook Air using a relatively wimpy Intel Core i3 CPU.
That’s a huge vote in favor of the Air versus the Pro if you’re looking for the most performance for the least money. Considering the entry-level $999 (£999, AU$1,599) M1 MacBook Air and $1,299 (£1,299, AU$1,999) M1 MacBook Pro are both machines with 8GB RAM and 256GB solid-state drives, I know which one I’d suggest as your starting point. For the extra $300 on the Pro, you’re getting a slightly brighter screen; the Touch Bar (even as the Air retains the best Touch Bar feature, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor); a few more hours of battery life (according to Apple’s claims); and a larger body with “active cooling,” otherwise known as a fan, which can allow the M1 MacBook Pro to run at peak speeds for longer without throttling down.
Considering the similar benchmark scores, there’s a strong case to be made for sticking with the new MacBook Air and throwing in another $200 for either 16GB of RAM or a 512GB SSD. Also worth noting, the M1 versions of the MacBook Pro have the same set of two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. You’ll need an upgraded Intel version of the Pro (starting at $1,799) to get back up to four ports.
In my, you can find more performance and testing details, and find out why the little Mac Mini may be my favorite Mac right now.
That’s probably the biggest letdown of the new Air — it’s new on the inside, not so much on the outside. Still just two ports. No edge-to-edge screen.. No touchscreen. Basically, all the things people prognosticate about in new-MacBook-Air prediction lists remain hypothetical. This is a transitional product. Once the new platform and software compatibility are well-established, design and feature changes may follow.
Having just received the M1 versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini a few days ago, our benchmark testing continues. We will update this page with further benchmark results and a final review score when our testing is complete.
M1 Macs vs. Intel Macs
|Geekbench 5 single-core||Geekbench 5 multicore||Cinebench R23 multicore|
|M1 Mac Mini||1743||7704||7796|
|M1 MacBook Air||1731||7518||6822|
|M1 MacBook Pro||1723||7457||7772|
|Core i5 MacBook Pro (13-inch Spring 2020)||1184||4143||4703|
|Core i5 MacBook Air (Spring 2020)||1142||2912||2635|
Have a PlayStation 5? Here are five launch titles that can get you started – The Chronicle Journal
So you’ve beat the crowds, cut through the pre-order confusion and managed to get your hands on a PlayStation 5. The question now is: what to play on it?
Here are a few launch titles that could serve as a jumping-off point into the next generation of gaming.
Built from the ground up to harness the power of the PS5, this punishing action role-playing game is a challenge even for the most dedicated gamers.
The original Demon’s Souls, which came out for the PlayStation 3 in 2009, was lauded for its deep gameplay and considerable difficulty. It launched a number of successful sequels, as well as imitators.
The PS5 version keeps all the gameplay goodness from the original and upgrades with gorgeous graphics and stellar sound.
“Demon’s Souls” tasks players with exploring a cursed land, and battling the fearsome creatures that plague it. Be prepared to fail, however, as dying multiple times is expected.
SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE
The star of Sony’s “LittleBigPlanet” series returns in a fun 3D platformer.
The titular cloth-based hero makes his way through the planet Craftworld to defeat his enemy, the villainous Vex.
The visuals are charming — Sackboy can have his look altered in multiple ways through costume components found throughout the game — but the real hit is the fantastic soundtrack.
“Sackboy” also supports up to four players in local co-op, and some stages can only be accessed in multiplayer. If you have multiple controllers at the ready, this is a great way to play.
Online multiplayer is not currently available but is expected in a future patch.
MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES
The latest adventure from Marvel’s web-slinging hero sees Miles Morales, the star of the hit animated movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” take over the mantle of Spider-Man from a vacationing Peter Parker.
While structurally similar to 2018’s “Spider-Man” entry on the PS4, Morales proves to be a relatable and likable protagonist who can effortlessly carry his own story.
“Spider-Man” also captures the PS5’s visual capabilities, particularly with the ray tracing rendering of Morales’s bio-electric powers.
The game includes a remastered version of the original “Spider-Man.”
ASSASSIN’S CREED: VALHALLA
The latest title in UbiSoft’s popular “Assassin’s Creed” series, this Montreal-developed game is a Viking-based adventure set in Norway and England.
Like its predecessor “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey,” this title boasts a sprawling world to explore and conquer. The amount of additional activities available outside the main storyline might seem a little daunting to series newcomers, but series fans will appreciate the game’s scope.
While narratively “Valhalla” is arguably a step back from “Odyssey,” it is still deep and enjoyable, and does a good job showing off the PS5’s lack of load times.
This weird adventure game really leans into its tagline “we are what we eat.” In “Bugsnax,” players play the part of a reporter sent to an island full of creatures that are hybrids of insects and snack foods.
The Muppet-like residents of the island, called “grumps,” will task you with catching these creatures to meet various objectives. You will have a few tools at your disposal to accomplish your tasks, and completionists will no doubt try to “catch ’em all.”
The game takes an eerie turn when you feed these creatures to a grump and watch one of their appendages turn into a morsel of food.
“Bugsnax” is the first PS5 game to be made available for no additional cost to subscribers of the PS Plus service.
Digital versions of “Demon’s Souls,” “Sackboy: A Big Adventure,” and “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales” were provided for this report.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.
Amazon Cyber Monday 2020 Deals Are Here! – ComingSoon.net
Amazon Cyber Monday 2020 Deals Are Here!
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Ghostbusters/Ghostbusters II (Blu-ray) – $14.99
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The Secret Life of Pets: 2-Movie Collection (Blu-ray) – $11.99
Mission: Impossible 5 Rogue Nation (Blu-ray Steelbook) – $11.99
Trolls World Tour (Blu-ray) – $9.00
Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote Lite (no TV controls) – $17.99
Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-8 Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) – $153.99
Game of Thrones: Complete Series (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) – $115.99
Deadwood: Seasons 1-3 Complete Series (DVD) – $41.99
The Office: The Complete Series (DVD) – $40.00
Peanuts 70th Anniversary Holiday Collection Limited Edition (Blu-ray+Digital) – $39.99
Doctor Who: Sylvester McCoy Complete Season Three (Blu-ray) – $39.96
Doctor Who: Peter Davison Complete Season One (Blu-ray) – $36.00
Chobits – The Complete Series (Blu-ray) – $34.99
Justified: The Complete Series (DVD) – $33.99
Black Lagoon: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) – $31.49
Castle Rock: The Complete First Season (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy) – $30.99
The Crown: Season 3 (Blu-ray) – $26.39
Inuyasha The Final Act – The Complete Series (Blu-ray) – $24.99
Arrow: Season 1 (Blu-ray) – $20.99
Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) – $20.99
Sanford and Son: The Complete Series (DVD) – $19.96
Mr. Mercedes: Season 3 (DVD) – $15.99
Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season (Blu-ray) – $12.96
Westworld: Season 2: The Door (DVD) – $12.96
The Pacific (DVD) – $12.96
Outlander: Season 5 (Blu-ray) – $10.00
VicTsing Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – $23.78
Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) – $39.99
Truck Driver (PS4) – $30.00
Watch Dogs Legion (Xbox One) – $29.99
Just Dance 2021 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – $29.99
The Last of Us Part II (PS4) – $29.99
The Outer Worlds (Nintendo Switch) – $29.99
Snowrunner (PS4) – $29.99
NBA 2K21 (Xbox One) – $26.99
Marvel’s Avengers (PS4) – $26.99
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered (Xbox One) – $24.99
Dollhouse (PS4) – $24.00
LEGO Harry Potter: Collection (Nintendo Switch) – $19.99
Team Sonic Racing (Xbox One) – $19.99
Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition (Xbox One) – $19.99
Greedfall (Xbox One) – $19.99
Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty (Nintendo Switch) – $19.99
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee (Nintendo Switch) – $19.99
Among the Sleep: Enhanced Edition (PS4) – $16.99
LEGO DC Super-Villains (Nintendo Switch) – $15.00
75 & 70 Inch TV Cyber Monday Deals 2020: Top Samsung, LG, TCL & More 4K Ultra HD TV Deals Identified by Deal Tomato – GlobeNewswire
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