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The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

The M1 chip was the centerpiece of Apple’s “One More Thing” product event from November 2020. The groundbreaking hardware bit debuted on the Mac mini, the MacBook Air, as well as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Key Specs

• Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, Neural Engine
• 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone Technology, P3 color gamut
• 8/16GB of RAM; up to 2TB SSD
• Touch Bar & Touch ID fingerprint sensor
• Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3/USB 4 compatibility

The MacBook Pro with an M1 chip has the same design and 13-inch Retina display panel as the Intel-equipped model. It also has the same keyboard, trackpad, and Touch Bar.

All About the M1 Chip

The Apple M1 is the first computer chip that’s built via a 5-nanometer process. The technology has packed 16 billion transistors—microscopic computer processor building blocks—into a minuscule space. The same process has been used in the making of the industry-leading A14 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

By combining all essential components (CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, memory) together into one chip, the M1 delivers unmatched blend of power and energy efficiency. According to Apple, the chip is up to two times more capable than its rivals in terms of graphics and processing power. Compared to the eighth-generation Intel Core chips found in the previous entry-level MacBook Pro, the performance leap is even bigger.

Because of the M1 chip and the optimized software for it, the new MacBook Pro made quick work of my busy work tasks—frequently switching between a double-digit number of open browser tabs, an email client, Slack, Spotify, Zoom, and Affinity Photo, among other apps.

The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy
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The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy
Photo credit: Apple

A High Watermark for Battery Performance

Calling the battery life of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip epic is an understatement. With up to 17 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video streaming between charges, the notebook delivers more screen-on time than any other MacBook.

However, the above numbers are not what will entice you. Instead, it will likely be the new MacBook Pro’s ability to consistently deliver insane battery life from mixed use.

Conclusion

Apple offers the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. Unless you really need the bigger memory options (up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of storage respectively), as well as the additional USB-C ports that the pricier 13-inch Pro with an Intel processor offers, this is the compact MacBook to get.

The MacBook Air with an Apple M1 chip, on the other hand, has excellent performance and battery life in a more elegant form factor — with no cooling fans — for less. However, it’s important to note that the GPU of the entry-level variant is not as capable as the MacBook Pro’s—upgrading it will bring their pricing almost on par. Its Retina display has a lower maximum brightness, too.

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How to force quit unresponsive apps on a Mac computer

How to force quit unresponsive apps on a Mac computer

How to ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ on a Mac computer, and force quit unresponsive apps
    • If you want force an app or program to quit on your Mac, you can use a similar keyboard shortcut to PC’s Control+Alt+Delete.
    • Force quitting a program will sacrifice any unsaved changes, so do it with care.
    • In addition to the keyboard shortcut, there are two other ways to force quit a troublesome program.
Sometimes in life, you just have to cut your losses and call it quits. This is certainly the case when your Mac is giving you trouble with a program that’s either frozen, or running so slowly that you just can’t take it anymore. Rather than sitting there glaring at that rainbow-colored “spinning wheel of death,” instead just use a force quit override to shut down the program. Then you can restart it and, ideally, get some actual work done.
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Just remember that when you force quit a program on Mac, you may lose unsaved work. Sometimes an autosave function will come to the rescue, and you can opt to have websites reopen if you have to quit your browser, but force quitting often means losing some work, so use it only as a last resort.

While PC users have the Control+Alt+Delete shortcut, famously known as the “three-finger salute,” Mac users have an equally effective way to take the control back from the computer. Here are the three ways to force quit on a Mac.
1. How to force quit on a Mac using a keyboard shortcut

1. Press the “Command,” “Option,” and “Escape” keys. Note that the Option key is also sometimes referred to as “Alt,” and that the Escape key just reads “Esc.”

2. The Force Quit window will pop up.

3. Select the application you’d like to close and select “Force Quit.”

2. How to force quit on a Mac through the Apple menu
1. Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of the screen.

2. In the dropdown menu that appears, hit “Force Quit…”

3. The same force quit pop-up menu will appear. Select the offending program and hit “Force quit.”

How to force quit on a Mac through the Apple menu
3. How to force quit on a Mac through the Dock
1. Locate the program you want to quit in your Mac Dock.

2. While holding down the “Option” key, right-click on the program and select “Force quit.”

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Which Mac’s can run macOS Big Sur?

Which Mac’s can run macOS Big Sur?

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macOS Big Sur elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy.
Unparalleled power. Legendary ease of use. Limitless creativity. macOS Big Sur brings a refined new design that gives you even more of the things you love about Mac.

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But can your Mac run macOS Big Suri? Yes, if you have the following Mac’s in your possesion:

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iMac 2014 and later

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MacBook Air 2013 and later

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MacBook Pro Late 2013 and later

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Mac Pro 2013 and later

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MacBook 2015 and later

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Mac Mini 2014 and later

Identify your Mac mini model

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How to Check for Updates on a Mac?

How to Check for Updates on a Mac?

How to Check for Updates on a Mac?

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Click the Apple button in the upper-left corner of your screen and then clicking About This Mac. You should be staring at the General tab of the About This Mac window. If so, click the Software Update button, which will launch the System Preferences to check for updates.

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Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature
Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

This screenshot shows an as-yet unreleased version of Logic Pro X.
Photo: Apple

Sometime before this past weekend, Apple posted a screenshot of what is presumably an upcoming new version of Logic Pro X, its pro music-creation app, onto its education page. It shows a brand new feature, previously only seen in the iOS version of GarageBand: Live Loops. Live Loops is a way to trigger music clips live, on-the-fly, so you can create music like a DJ.

And the Logic version looks great. And more importantly, it finally adds Apple’s take on the Session View from Logic’s biggest rival, Ableton Live.

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The leak

The screenshot seen here was noticed on Apple’s Education site over the weekend by Reddit user logic-thrw-1892. It has since been replaced by Apple.

 

Logic Pro X Live Loops

Like GarageBand’s Live Loops, the Logic Pro X version presents a grid of audio clips. You can drop in drum loops, music loops, and one-shot clips (a vocal sample, for example). Then, you trigger these clips by clicking on them (or tapping them, in GarageBand for iPad). All clips are launched so they play in time with the song, and you can record the performance, which adds those clips to a familiar timeline version of the song.

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more
Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more
The iPhone 5 may be 6 years old at this point, but for many Apple fans this remains one of the greatest iPhone models ever built, and a genuine classic.

Sadly, there’s a bit of bad (if predictable) news from Apple: According to the company’s latest update of “vintage” and “obsolete” devices, the iPhone 5 is now considered too old for Apple repairs.

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No more repairs

The official difference between “vintage” and “obsolete” largely comes down to differing legal requirements around the world, where laws require differing levels of support for older products. For most places, however, these terms are largely interchangeable in terms of what it actually means for customers.

As Apple notes on its official website, “Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured — or longer where required by law … Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.”

The iPhone 5 was officially discontinued on September 10, 2013 after the announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c. The iPhone 5c did feature virtually the same internal hardware as the iPhone 5, but — if we’re reading the rules correctly — it seems that the iPhone 5 is unlikely to be eligible for repairs in most places.

Unfortunately, with the abandonment of the iPhone SE, this has been a bit of a sad year for fans of the iPhone 5 form factor. While the iPhone 5s, 5c and iPhone SE will be supported for repairs for a bit longer, this is one more step toward the end of the road for one of the greatest ever iPhone designs.

Of course, there are always independent third-party repair shops you could try like PC Expert Services. We repair iPhones and iPads here in Irvine.

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