Apple Silicon Mac order thread

The first Apple Silicon Macs are available for order today, shipping next week.

So, who’s ordering one?

Honestly, I’m conflicted.

Update: Ordering is live on now.

I am really, REALLY tempted to get a decked out 13’ Pro. (FYI, it’s still using the Magic Keyboard. Looks the butterfly is out for good.)

I use a Mac mini as my primary computer. I just ordered a mini with 16 GB RAM; 1 TB SSD. Delivers by Nov 24-27th.

Looking at the side-by-side comparison, the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro look almost identical. The only difference seems to be that the Pro has a Touch Bar (which many users would rather not have), marginally better speakers and brighter display, and a slightly bigger battery. It is hard to see why anyone would want to pay the premium for the Pro over the Air.

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The battery life seems even better.

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As I said, I’m conflicted. My current laptop is a 15" 2012 Retina MacBook Pro. It won’t be upgradable to Big Sur, so it’s stuck on Catalina forever. The 15" was a good choice for me when it was my primary machine, but these days I’ve got a 27" iMac so the laptop only gets used when I need a computer I can pick up and take somewhere. A smaller lighter computer would definitely be welcome.

On the flip side, given the current circumstances, I don’t really get a whole lot of use out of a laptop. I used to take the MacBook Pro into the office every day (so I could work on a Mac rather than a Windows desktop). I haven’t been going in to an office since March. Not doing much traveling, and what little traveling I am doing is road tripping rather than flying, so the size and weight of the 15" don’t matter as much.

I think I may have talked myself into holding off on an Apple Silicon laptop until after the pandemic.

(If Apple introduces an Apple Silicon 27" iMac, all bets are off, though)

I really wish they’d released a less expensive native monitor to go with the Mini.


A little over 10% (up to 20 hours on the Pro as opposed to 18 hours on the Air.) IMHO, that doesn’t seem significant enough to warrant picking the Pro over the Air.

I guess perhaps a major difference is that the Pro has a fan and the Air doesn’t.

Yep, just like the Mini, it will allow it to run hotter under load and so run faster.


Im tempted with a new Mini, but the drop to 2 thunderbolt is a little annoying ,and the max of 16mb of RAM, I think ill wait for the reviews before ordering…

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I still :heart_eyes: mine


I think there’s potential for better sustained performance on the Pro because of its active cooling.

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The limit of 16GB RAM on the 13" Pro is disappointing. Hopefully there will be a higher end 13" with 4 ports and (at least) 32GB RAM available when they introduce the next CPU.

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I have a mini and I use all 4 thunderbolt ports. This is a non-starter for me. I’ll be interested in the redesigned iMac in the next couple years.

I agree, my monitor is on its last legs so it would be nice to get a full system next…

Just ordered the same to replace my 2014. Bummed only 2 thunderbolt ports as well but a hub will fix that down the road if needed.


I’ve been on the Order page twice and backed out twice! Mini or Air… Mini or Air…?

I use a 16" MBP for work but want to keep non-work stuff separate. I have a 2014 Air for that which is now ready for retirement.

I quite fancy a Mini as I’ve never had one but am also wondering whether its worth paying the extra £200 for the flexibility of an Air, with similar spec and I could always get the same effect in clamshell mode?

Why do others choose Mini over Macbook? I’m intrigued and would like someone to tip me over the edge into mini-land …

For me the mini is my primary computer. It’s connected to a 27 inch monitor and is on 24/7. I use a MacBook Air or my iPad Pro if I’m working in another room in my house or if I’m traveling (rare). I also use the air or the iPad if I have to do a video call, as the mini does not have a microphone and my monitor does not have a camera. I guess the question for you is: do you want a desktop or a laptop?

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The Intel minis have four Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB-A ports.

The Apple Silicon minis have two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports and two USB-A ports. So you loose two Thunderbolt ports going to the Apple Silicon model.

I have a 2019 iMac. I had been considering replacing my 2017 iPad Pro with a new iPad Pro.

Now though, I think I’m going to extend the life of the iPad and get a MacBook Pro. This will become my mobile machine while I will keep the iMac as my desktop battle station.

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