I got my brand new MacBook Air with the M1 chip today! So far, I’m loving it. I had to do my last couple of Zoom calls on my iPhone while my old MacBook Pro was migrating to the MacBook Air. But now I’m in and I thought I would share a few observances in case anyone is wondering.
The migration assistant process was going slow until I realized that I had forgotten to plug in the Thunderbolt cable. Then it completely hung for a while. I unplugged the cable maybe 20 minutes later only to find that it had been transferring but just not updating the progress bar.
For the record, my MacBook Pro that I migrated from was running Catalina.
Now that I’m logged in, I’ve been spending time with app permissions and getting things working. I’ve been trying to download new installers of some of my apps to make sure they are as compatible as possible.
So far, the following work for me, though I had to download Rosetta (which was just agreeing to an Apple dialog box):
- Microsoft Office (tested Word and Outlook)
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Setapp (took forever to launch and then wanted to download an update; now it is fine)
- Adobe InDesign (Though it crashed during the first login process. I haven’t tested the rest of the Creative Suite yet)
- Text Expander
- Default Folder X
What Does Not Work
- Google Drive File Stream - requires a system extension that’s not possible
I’m not sure if this is all helpful for anyone or not. If it is, I am happy to keep updating this list. I’d love for others to share you experiences as well.