Apple M1 Mac Reviews

The reviews are coming in - if you spot any or have a review of your own, please add it :nerd_face:

@ohm will be pleased, they seem to be pretty positive so far!

These look really awesome! Even though the MacBook Pro is not very pro, in reality my current MacBook Pro 13 only has 16 gigs of ram and two usb c ports. So it sounds like for some devs the performance would still be better depending on your needs.

I use docker for work and that is currently a no go. Not to mention that it sounds like chrome, slack and other similar apps will of course be just as piggish. :neutral_face:

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Couple more:

And a quick demo :rofl:

I’d definitely wait for now - unless it’s going to be your second machine or you know it’ll be able to run everything you need it to.

In terms of performance, it seems a lot more ‘pro’ than the old 13" MBPs :joy:

Can’t wait to see the proper pro machines - like 16" MBP, Mac Pros, iMacs and hopefully the mid range monitor-less desktop that has been rumoured…

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Yeah that’s true I can’t do anything near that performant on my 13".

Maybe something at least a little more affordable than a iMac Pro; plus a the ability to expand/upgrade. :heart_eyes: Perhaps just a rumor but I can dream. :upside_down_face:

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The 13" MBP’s are not bad tbh - I used a 11" MBA for years! I loved that little machine :nerd_face:

My first Mac was actually a cheesegrater Mac Pro, it was a beast of a machine but I didn’t like being tied to my desk all day. That’s what I loved about the MBA, it was such a personal machine - you could literally take it anywhere.

I think my 16" hits the sweet spot, it’s good enough to use without an external monitor and powerful enough to use with multiple 5K or 2 6K monitors. It’s become my favourite now, particularly since they reduced the bezels.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Apple bring out higher end units with these chips - I just hope the desktop version will allow users to upgrade their own RAM etc…


Not really a review but basically what most people have been saying…

Yeah, I’m looking forward to it! :computer: :apple:


Got mine last week! :computer:

It’s blazing fast! Like, incredibly.

Of course, there’s a lot of development tools that still can’t be run natively, so most of what I do run through Rosetta 2, but even then it’s fast.


Got my MBA earlier this week and even after reading a lot about it I’m blown away.

I had to reach for experimental VSCode for native support and haven’t got neovim and ripgrep to compile natively. But luckily for Advent of Code, Elixir/Erlang is native so everything runs twice as fast for that :slight_smile:.


Lucky sods! :stuck_out_tongue:

How is the Ruby dev env Ohm? I upgraded to 11.1 but whenever I start a Rails console it still uses 100% of my cpu :triumph: think I’m gonna have to do another clean install.

That’s awesome Hallski!

I am wondering whether part of how people are perceiving the speed difference is due to Apple throttling ‘older’ (non Apple silicon) Macs. When I got this 16" MBP just over a year ago it was blazing fast - apps would open almost instantly, now there is a tangible difference/lag. There’s no reason why there should be - this machine has 64GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU and a fairly decent CPU. I am going to keep reporting these issues to Apple as bugs until they do something about it - wish me luck :upside_down_face:

I haven’t heard the fan in the MacBook yet. :sweat_smile:

It’s quite nice, but also much the same (thankfully)


What spec was your 16" MBP Ohm? How does it compare?

Old MacBook Pro:

macOS Catalina (10.15.6)
2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB

New MacBook Pro:

macOS Big Sur (11.1)
Apple M1
Apple M1

It seems to run my quick Ruby benchmarks a bit faster (56s vs 47s), however, that is the same Ruby (2.7.2) run through Rosetta 2 on the new MacBook Pro.

Benchmark was just some random stuff:

require 'benchmark'

input = ('a'..'z').map { |letter| [letter, letter] }.to_h

puts Benchmark.measure {
  10_000_000.times do { |key, value| [key.to_sym, value] }.to_h

Oh, and the old MacBook Pro had to boot up the fan, while the new one stayed completely silent! :angel:


How old was the old MBP and was it 15"? For some reason I thought you had a newer 16"?

16GB Ram is pushing it for a Mac these days - I have 64GB and some days it feels like I’m back on my MBA with 8GB!! :rofl:

It’s a 13" 2018 MBP.

My new one is also 13" (It’s the size that I rock!)

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Ah right I have no idea why I thought you had a 16" MBP :upside_down_face:

Isn’t it great that we can use tiny computers to do so much? I used to love my little 11" MBA and held on to it for as long as I could. I still have it, but the battery is totally knackered now!

Right there with you. My all time favorite was the MB12 with the MBA11 a close second.

The new MBA13 is less of a perfect fit form wise but it has other redeeming factors (all of the in fact).


@Hallski how’s the perf difference for Elixir?