New MacBook Air On the Way

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  1. twerppoet

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    I admit it, I’m weak against new Apple products.

    Right after the Apple Event I ordered the new, basic model MacBook Air. I’ve been thinking I want a Mac back in my tool bag for a while, but have been waiting to see what the new Apple Silicon generation would offer.

    So, it’s not like it’s completely an impulse buy. More like a premeditated impulse buy.

    What does this mean for my iPad Pro. Well, most likely I won’t upgrade in 2021. When I do upgrade I may down size to one of the 10(ish) inch models, probably another Pro but the iPad Air is also possible. Too early to tell. Who knows what crazy iPad offerings Apple will have in 2022. o_O

    Why keep a larger iPad at all? Drawing and cellular. It will still be my go to portable device and drawing tablet.

    Why succumb to the MacBook Air? Dreams. Dreams of sometime actually creating those simple apps I can’t find in the store. Also, I intend to install some virtual machine software so I can have a second Windows laptop, and maybe play a bit more with some Linux software.

    But really, just because I’m excited to play with a new computer, and I can afford to do so, if only barely.
     
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    Glad to hear you have ordered the new MacBook Air. Up until the latest Apple event which I have just watched I was on the fence between the Air and the Pro, but now feel very inclined toward the base MacBook Air too (so cool it doesn’t need a fan) and kinder to my wallet!
     
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    Hi TP - now on the Apple website, and their just released MBAir, MBPro, & Mac Mini have the new Apple silicon, which has been called the M1 chip - is that the model you purchased or one w/ an Intel chip? My 2 Mac laptops are showing their age - the MBPro is early 2013 and probably will not take Big Sur and the MBAir is from 2015 but w/o a retina screen; both are still working fine so no hurry, but early next year, I'll reassess 'my desires' - :rolleyes: Would like just one laptop, likely the Air w/ the new Apple silicon running Big Sur - of course, their Rosetta 2 software will permit the old Intel apps to run on the newer chip - a LOT of changes to think about - :) Dave

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    Yes, the one with the new M1 chip. I’ve been itching for a new Mac for a while, decided to wait an see when Apple announced they were going to start transitioning to their own silicon this year.

    It’s supposed to arrive 17 - 18 November.

    One of the interesting things about the new Macs is that they will run iOS and iPadOS apps. The interface will probably feel a bit clumsy (no touch screen) but it should fill the gap when there is no compatible native app on both platforms.
     
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    Well, it showed up today. Still in the middle of downloading Xcode (my main excuse for the purchase). It's a big download.

    In the mean time I'm just downloading and configuring the software needed to get it on par with the iPad; so I don't have to switch for every little task. I've also set up some SDR (Software Defined Radio), another reason for the iMac. The RTL-SDR dongle works fine with CubicSDR.

    The screen size is about the same size, but the different aspect ratio means HD movies will be slightly larger (less wasted space).

    !! Xcode is done downloading. Off to play some more.

    P.S. I've already tapped the screen several times. :eek:
     
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    TP - I know that Xcode can be used to develop and configure apps (as quoted below), especially as universal programs, but for us 'poor mortals' just upgrading to a new laptop w/ Apple Silicon, I'm assuming that this is not a necessity - many of the developers have already re-written their apps as 'universal', i.e. to run on either Intel or ARM based computers, correct? I'll likely buy one of these laptops next spring but would not look forward to 'converting' a lot of software using Xcode - please provide some clarification. :confused: :D Dave

     
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    The new M1 (Apple Silicon) Macs will run iOS and iPadOS apps natively, straight from the App Store. No need for conversion. Keep in mind these apps are built for the touch interface, but Macs do not have touch screens. This means they may not be as convenient to use as they are on iPads.

    I have not tried any iOS or iPadOS apps on the MacBook Air yet. Most of the apps I want on the Air have native Mac versions that sync with the iOS versions (usually through iCloud). So far those include Fantasical, Reeder, Notability, and Tweetbot. Also, the Microsoft Office suite. My Office 365 subscription includes a license for one laptop/desktop install.

    Of course all of Apple's apps (at least all I use) have native Mac versions.

    Xcode is strictly for app development. Even if you wanted to convert an iOS app to Mac, you would not have the necessary files to do it unless the developer (for some reason) gave you the source files. Even then, you'd need to do some extra work.

    I want Xcode because I'm in one of my "I want to make an app" moods." It will likely pass without me doing more than dipping my toes and deciding the water is too cold, as it has in the past; but hope is eternal.
     
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    Super weird feeling as I come to terms with the fact that a lot of the native apps I use on the iPad are only websites on the Mac.
     
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    Now you’ll be able to use those apps on your new MacBook Air.
     
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    You would think so, but for some reason most media iOS apps are not showing when I search for them. At least not Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Disney +. No idea if this is Apple, the media companies or just some kind of technical hurdle.
     
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