What Does Apple’s M1 Chip do Differently Than Other Chips?

· Andrew Orr · Link

M1 chip graphic

In his latest blog post, Howard Oakley has examined the M1 chip to find out what features set it apart from other chips.

The M1 doesn’t integrate main memory, though, which is contained within the package. It’s also unusual in incorporating many coprocessors in addition to the GPU, which provide state-of-the-art facilities for features such as deep learning using neural networks.

New M1 Mac mini Pro Model in the Works

· Jeff Butts · Rumor

New M1 Mac mini Pro Model in the Works

As good as the current M1 Mac mini is for most, it lacks the power pros need. There may be a higher-end M1 Mac mini pro model coming soon.

Get a Refurbished M1 iMac Direct from Apple

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

refurbished m1 iMac

If you were in the market for an M1 iMac and do not want to pay full retail price, you now have a new option. Refurbished 24 inch M1 iMac models are now available directly from Apple. The model including 512GB SSD storage will cost you $1439, while the same model with 256GB of storage is $1269. The normal retail price of these models is $1699 and $1499 respectively. Of course, Cupertino puts plenty of testing, cleaning, and necessary repair work into its refurbished products. They are backed by a one-year warranty and free delivery and returns.

Video Editor 'DaVinci Resolve' Now 3 Times Faster on M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Link

davinci resolve on M1 Macs

Blackmagic Design announced on Friday that its DaVinci Resolve video editor is now up to three times faster on M1 Macs. It also gives customers up to 30% longer battery life.

DaVinci Resolve 17.3 also supports a new option on Mac computers with M1 for H.265 hardware encoding. Customers can choose to prioritize speed vs quality when rendering, further improving render times up to 65%. Plus, DaVinci Resolve will now decode AVC Intra files using the media engine built into the Apple M1 chip, making decoding and playback faster when working with these file formats.

Travel Tips, Wi-Fi Troubleshooting, and Dave Got Caught! — Mac Geek Gab 885

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It’s always interesting when multiple listeners have the same problem, and today you can listen as John and Dave dig into issues with Mac minis and restarting. We think your two favorite geeks have the answer! And that’s what happens here, you ask questions, we provide answers… and Quick Tips… and Cool Stuff Found, too! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

macOS: Here’s How to Reset an M1 Mac SMC

· Andrew Orr · News

The System Management Controller manages many low-level functions on your Mac. Here’s how to reset an M1 Mac SMC for troubleshooting.

Photography Software ‘Capture One’ Coming to iPad in 2022

· Andrew Orr · Link

Capture one on iPad 2022

Here is some news from last month that I missed. Capture One is a popular software for photo editing and it will come to the iPad in 2022.

This is the beginning of the roadmap and the possibilities it opens up for us in terms of devices and networking is really fantastic. I’m looking forward to getting this out the door, but really looking forward to what this looks like for the future of Capture One and for the future of photography software.

MacBook Air With M2 Chip Arriving 2022, According to Leaker

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple Silicon and Tim Cook

Rumors are swirling about future Apple Silicon and the devices that updated chips will go in. MacRumors picked up on one leak that suggested an M2 going into Macbook Air, which will be released next year.

On Twitter, Dylandkt claimed that a new ‌MacBook Air‌ model is “on track” to launch in the first half of 2022, featuring an ‌M2‌ chip and a more colorful design. They also claimed that the “M1X” chip is being reserved for high-end “Pro” Macs, which could include the MacBook Pro and a larger, more powerful iMac model. Dylandkt’s claim is not entirely new, given that Jon Prosser has previously said that the next-generation ‌MacBook Air‌ will feature a complete redesign, a range of iMac-like color options, and an ‌M2‌ chip. Dylandkt has been resolute in previous comments about the “M1X” being destined for the next-generation MacBook Pro, while the “‌M2‌” will apparently be a lower-end chip for the ‌MacBook Air‌, but it is worth noting that this does not seem to fit very well with the specific thoughts of reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman about Apple’s upcoming custom silicon chips for the Mac.

I Want My, I Want My, I Want My ... USB-C! — Mac Geek Gab 879

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It’s a hot one, folks, and we’re not talking about the weather! This episode is chock full of great Cool Stuff Found, answers to your questions, and more. Topics include free tools to keep your Mac running smoothly, a way to get free data on your phone, invoicing solutions for consultants, a quick way to activate your flashlight, free VPNs to use, and much, much more! Press play and enjoy learning five new things with John and Dave, your two favorite geeks!

Opossums on Parade: Linux 5.13 Adds Support for Apple M1 Silicon

· Andrew Orr · Link

Opossum wearing party hat

The Linux 5.13 kernel is shipping under the code name “Opossums on Parade” and it adds preliminary support for Apple M1 Silicon.

Linux 5.13 brings initial but still early support for the Apple M1 with basic support but not yet accelerated graphics and a lot more to iron out moving ahead. There are also new Linux 5.13 security features like the Landlock LSM, Clang CFI support, and optionally randomizing the kernel stack offset at each system call.

Notability Note-Taking App Now Optimized for M1 Mac

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Ginger Labs announced on Wednesday that it’s note-taking app called Notability is now optimized for M1 Macs. The company says this has increased the app’s performance by up to 50%. The app enables users to create hand-written digital notes with audio; capturing lectures, drawings, study materials and much more. As a universal app, Notability is optimized for both Intel and M1 Macs. Current users of Notability on iPad can download the Mac version for free on the Mac App Store. New users can purchase Notability for $8.99, and experience Notability on their Mac, iPad and iPhone with a single purchase.

Notability Note-Taking App Now Optimized for M1 Mac

GitHub Desktop 2.9 Update Adds M1 Mac Support

· Andrew Orr · Link

GitHub desktop 2.9

GitHub Desktop was recently updated to version 2.9, and the team shared some of the new features included, such as squash and reorder commits. Users can now download a native build for their M1 Mac.

If a group of commits represents a single unit of work, or if a project requires that each pull request only has one commit, simply drag them on top of one another to squash them together and add a new commit message that captures the whole picture.

Download the M1 iPad Pro Wallpapers Here

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The folks at OSXDaily found all eight M1 iPad Pro wallpapers. Four of them are light mode and four of them are dark mode. “This time around, Apple has made sure the new wallpapers show off the new Liquid Retina XDR display in all its glory. But, if you already have an older iPad Pro, you can replicate the look with these new wallpapers, as we’ve sourced them for you in full resolution.“

Download the M1 iPad Pro Wallpapers Here

Apple Should Have Been Clear About macOS Monterey and M1 Macs

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple M1 SoC

As we have now learned, users will require an M1 Mac to get all of the features coming in macOS Monterey. Oliver Haslam at iMore thinks that by allowing users and journalists to work this out, instead of properly announcing itself, Apple missed a big opportunity to talk up its own silicon. I rather agree.

What if Apple had made a point out of the M1 Macs getting the full feature set? What if Apple had someone stand on its virtual stage and say “because M1 is so powerful, and thanks to its Neural Engine, we were able to take macOS Monterey a step further on new Macs.” What if someone had rolled out the red carpet, shown the new features off on a bright orange M1 iMac, and pointed out just why the M1 is so great? The whole message would be different. Then, the M1 would be the hero of the piece, flexing its muscle to go above and beyond. Now, it’s the villain as it rips features from Intel’s cold, dead hands.