It's been a week since the new M1 silicon Macs were announced. The reviews are starting to come in, so we thought we would list the ones we thought had done a good job.
You will find two types of reviews of the the new M1 powered Macs on YouTube. Those who have actually had 'hands on' a machine and those who have scrabbled together a review from all the available information already published.
As we are now seeing more of the former, it seems that the new machines with Apple silicon are performing better than most people expected. A lot better in fact.
We did have to smile today reading a review of the M1 Macs that criticised the performance of Premiere running under Rosetta 2. It doesn't come as a surprise that the author's business is supplying custom configured PCs to run the Adobe apps. They are worried, for they can see people asking why can a laptop perform so well compared to their desktops. Will they follow-up the article with another review once Premiere has been updated?
We also have to remind everyone how there were very vocal attackers of the Mac platform that said 'Apple has abandoned the pro' or 'Apple machines are over-priced and underpowered' and we can't forget Throttlegate!
How things have changed.
We will also know more tomorrow (Thursday) when Apple presents FCP 10.5 running on the new Macs to the audience attending the FCPX Global Virtual Summit. You can still register to hear from Apple directly.
So here's a collection of the video reviews that we have watched. Some very interesting numbers and performance benchmarks. As it is pointed out, this is the first iteration of the new silicon and it has been put into the lower range of Macs first.
We start with this video from Dave Lee, who gives a very balanced view.
Max Yuryev always does good product reviews, this is no exception. He tries out Final Cut Pro on a new M1 MacBook Air. See if you can watch the whole video without smiling!
Although this isn't a test of a M1 equipped Mac, this video from The Tech Chap is well worth a watch. Why? Because it features two Apple VPs, Bob Borcher, Apple VP Worldwide Product Marketing and Tim Millet, Apple VP Platform Architecture. Did they give a hint about FCP's future at around the 18 minute mark?
Matthew Moniz has tested the new M1 Mac and he doesn't hold back with his thoughts. He also doesn't use one of those 'stupid faced' YouTube thumbnails that seem to be de rigueur these days. Is there a competition on YouTube to see how shocked you can look whilst holding a piece of tech in your hands?
We are also including this review on the M1 MacBook Air by Sara Dietschy (Slightly surprised face thumbnail!) as she goes through he process of downloading and using the common image processing & video apps. Spoiler alert: The optimised Final Cut Pro easily wins over Adobe Premiere even if the icon is the one before the one before!
The last video is included because Oliver Peters kindly shot us a link. Lee Zavitz uses Final Cut Pro on the new M1 Mac Mini. He's impressed.
Also worth a read-
Yeah, Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro is powerful, but it’s the battery life that will blow you away. (Lots of great benchmark comparisons & FCP export test)
The M1 Macs- Daring Fireball - Worth a read just for the last footnote.
Steve Jobs’s last gambit: Apple’s M1 Chip Conversation with three of Apple's VPs including Craig Federighi (Interesting comment about looking three years into the future).