A new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini: Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ event was a treat for Mac enthusiasts. However, the presentation was quite technical. You may have missed these announcements at the Apple Silicon event.
Apple Silicon Event Announcements You May Have Missed
The Apple Silicon event had three main protagonists. Both the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini are making the switch to M1, Apple’s first Silicon chip for the Mac. As a result, the new Apple computers are not only faster and more energy-efficient but can also run iPhone and iPad apps, for example.
However, the presentation was quite technical and we can imagine that you did not receive everything. In this article, we have therefore collected the news that has flown under the radar but is relevant. Apple made all these announcements during the Silicon event.
1. No longer expand RAM
To get straight to the point: the new Macs give you less freedom of choice than before. Therefore, you cannot increase the amount of RAM afterwards. This is because the M1 is a so-called System on a Chip (SoC), in which all separate computer parts (such as a graphics processor) are soldered on one chip.
In other words, you cannot just add a ‘strip’ of RAM to the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The same goes for the Mac mini.
2. MacBook Air has a new keyboard
The MacBook Air still has a Magic Keyboard, but the layout of the keyboard has been modified. The Launchpad button has made way for a button that you can use to search directly via Spotlight.
The keys you previously used to control the brightness of the screen have been exchanged for buttons that you use the Voice Memos and switch on Do Not Disturb mode. Finally, the Fn button has also left the nest: it has been exchanged for an emoji button.
3. MacBook Pro can handle 6K screens
Also cool: you can connect the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini 2020 to a high-quality screen with 6K resolution, such as the Pro Display XDR from Apple itself. That way, graphic designers can connect their laptop to a monitor when they need more screen space, but do not want to compromise on resolution.
4. No eGPU support on new Macs
On the other hand, the switch to M1 also presents a disadvantage: all updated Macs can no longer handle external graphics processors, also known as GPUs. Apple has confirmed this to TechCrunch. This is a shame because by connecting an external graphics processor, you can make the compact Apple desktop relatively easy a lot more powerful.
5. Wi-Fi ready 6
All Macs with an M1 chip can handle Wi-Fi 6. Not only is the latest version of Wi-Fi faster than its predecessor, but it also improves coverage. Currently, however, most routers are not yet able to handle Wi-Fi 6. Its presence on the new Macs is therefore particularly good news for the future.
6. Mac mini is cheaper
Good news for people who are going to buy the new Mac mini. Apple’s powerful desktop computer is 100 euros cheaper than its predecessor, which dates from 2018. For the new variant, you pay an entry-level price of 799 euros, instead of 899 euros for the Mac mini from 2018.
7. Not Thunderbolt 4, but 3
Finally, a striking detail: all new Macs with M1 chip do not have Thunderbolt 4 ports onboard, but Thunderbolt 3 ports. That is striking because it means you can transfer files less quickly. With Thunderbolt 4 it is also possible, for example, to connect two 4K screens.
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