WWDC 2021: No new hardware

World Wide Developers Conference 2021

All the rumors pointed to new M1X MacBook Pros being released today at WWDC, but it did not come to pass. Perhaps the global chop shortage is to blame. Or maybe it’s the constrained availability of the mini LED displays expected to be used in the 14″ version. Whatever the reason, we will have to… Continue reading WWDC 2021: No new hardware

How to tell if an application is Apple Silicon native

If you are using one of the new M1 Apple Silicon Macs, you may be wondering how to tell if an app you have is optimized for Apple Silicon. There are a couple of ways to deduce this. Get Info: The first option is to use the “Get Info” option in the Finder. Navigate to… Continue reading How to tell if an application is Apple Silicon native

More benchmarks: Blender – MacBook Air M1 vs. MacBook Pro 16″ i9

A few other comparative benchmarks on the new MacBook Air M1 (16GB/512GB configuration), pitted against a MacBook Pro 16” (i9/64GB/4TB/Radeon 5500M-8GB). Blender (running in Rosetta 2 on the M1). Demo files can be found here. Fishy Cat (1 frame): MacBook Air M1: 1 min 35 sec MacBook Pro i9: 37 sec Mr. Elephant (1 frame):… Continue reading More benchmarks: Blender – MacBook Air M1 vs. MacBook Pro 16″ i9

Apple Silicon Macs are here, and wow.

Ok, I’ll admit my previous post about the release of Apple Silicon powered Macs gave the impression that there wasn’t much exciting about the CPU switch, but boy, was I wrong. I’ve had my hands on the M1 powered MacBook Air (with 16GB RAM/512GB SSD) for just a few hours now, and after putting it… Continue reading Apple Silicon Macs are here, and wow.