I’ve got the original MacBook Air and it’s on its last legs.
Curious as to which MBA everyone got? There are some options that seem so arbitrary to me, for example:
- Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU and 16‑core Neural Engine (256GB)
- Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 8‑core GPU and 16‑core Neural Engine (512GB)
I’m thinking of getting the 512GB (+$350) with 16GB (+$300) but I have no idea why. I won’t be doing anything overly intensive, but I’m working on an assumption the machine will last longer with a higher spec.
I ordered the 8-core GPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD.
The storage is essential for me as I do a lot of video and audio work, and I run out regularly with 1TB so any less would be impossible for my workflow. The extra GPU core will hopefully make video work on it a little more snappy, at least I hope so! I won’t be rendering on it, just editing.
If you’re not doing intensive video work (or playing games), I’d say the 7-core, 8GB model will suffice, at least from what I’ve seen in reviews.
I’m buying because I am having back issues after carrying my 16" around for the last year. I’m not selling that though, and will keep it for rendering and working at home.
That’s the one I went for with 1TB SSD and 16GB of memory with the expressed desire to keep this machine as long as possible. I don’t think I do anything that will benefit from 7-cores vs 8, so that was the only “compromise” that I made.
However, I think that 512GB is probably sufficient. Even on my 1TB 16" MacBook Pro I had over 512 GB free, and I do have a Mac mini with several large hard drives attached if I need to offload something.
I ordered the 8-core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD. The Air is my travel computer and the last time that I travelled I was in Chicago in mid March facing a not-completely-unrealistic fear that I’d end up on the wrong side of a border closure. Then I had my 2019 Air, which is a bit underpowered to be used as a primary computer and that situation made me determined to carry more computing power with me in the future. The M1 Air fits that bill perfectly.
I went with 16GB, 512GB because I sometimes use VMs locally and they can take up a fair bit of both RAM and storage.
Now all I need is a world in which travel is a thing again (I assume that’ll be the case in the second half of 2021)
I need to preface this by saying that I bought an Intel i5 MacBook Air last spring. I was in a spot where waiting was not a viable option.
I just ordered an 8 core M1 Air for my wife to replace her dying, 2 year old PC. I am admittedly a bit jealous, but more looking forward to seeing it fly when it arrives.
I went with the base Air because it was nearly an even $ swap for my 2017 macbook pro. Even though my macbook pro was in in pristine new condition outside and inside (it had just returned from a trip to the apple care doctor with a new battery and logic board), I hated the keyboard because it felt like a ticking time bomb that could go off at any moment. Now I have a safe computer until the new macbook pros arrive.
For the configuration you want (16 GB/512GB) the MBA with the 8 core GPU is $50 more than the MBA with the 7 core GPU. So there’s that.
I just ordered a base model with 7 cores , 8GB as it is to be my portable machine to use on my lap, on my bed, wherever I go and I want coolness above power (though clearly I like power too, but the base has plenty for me it seems).
I did upgrade to 1TB SSD as I use FCP and Studio One and Xcode a lot, and the convenience of having everything on the one SSD is great.
I have to wait till Jan for the machine though as it’s a custom build
That took some self control!