Following the announcement of Big Sur’s arrival five months ago, Apple recently updated its new operating system that is compatible with both its Intel-based computers and the M1-system-chip computers on all-new Macs. mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.
After receiving the latter two weeks ago to replace this same model of Intel-based laptop computer (i5, 2.3GHz, 2017), I don’t remember having had such a good machine since 2006. It ‘s was the era of Mac OS X 10.6.8, codenamed “Snow Leopard” and my first Mac Pro (1.1) tower. Read my essay here.
Speaking of nomenclature, Apple took advantage of the double exit Big Sure and homemade M1 chips to simplify the name of its systems. No more macOS 10.xx decimal series, now it’s version 11, or 11.1 with the recent update.
Big Sur 11.1
For those interested, the name “Big Sur” designates a part of the very mountainous Californian coast whose cliffs are leaned against the Pacific Ocean. True to form, Apple has been naming its systems for several years after sites and natural parks.
If there’s one thing to take away from this system, it’s that Apple is looking to erase the differences between its macOS and mobile iOS systems. To this, several features and functions of the iOS system are found on the interface of Macs.
For example, if you access your App Store account on your Mac (if necessary, click on your name at the bottom left), you will be able to see and even install mobile applications from your iPhone or iPad on your computer if it is running. on an Apple M1 home chip.
That said, if it is possible to install some, few publishers have planned to make their applications and games compatible on iOS for computer keyboards and mice.
After a few attempts I found one, the SAQ mobile app works fine on my new MacBook Pro M1.
In terms of the graphical interface, there are some changes such as the translucent menu bar and the icons of applications similar to iOS.
Borrowed from iOS, the equally simple and translucent Control Center panel sits in the upper right corner of the screen. From it, one can drag and drop items into the menu bar.
To the right of the menu bar, clicking on the date brings up the Notification Center which can be reclassified, modified or deleted. Now stacked by group, we also discover the influence of iOS.
Additionally, Apple’s browser homepage is customizable with a photo, reading list, and iCloud tabs. Safari can also detect and translate entire web pages from seven languages into French.
Concerned about privacy and the confidentiality of data on the web, the apple giant is giving Mac computer users a glimpse of which trackers have been stopped during browsing. In addition, Safari offers the choice of indicating which websites can work with an extension.
But there are a few hiccups here and there. Sleep mode does not seem to be on point. Safari crashed during my lunch hour today and twice my MacBook Pro M1 rebooted overnight while docked to my Caldigit TS3 Thunderbolt Dock. As always, reports are automatically sent to Apple.
A system on a chip that remains ice
After two weeks on the MacBook Pro M1 keyboard, the battery life is truly impressive. The 20 hours announced are easily achievable. I was even able to watch a full movie online on Netflix with only 20% battery life … and at the end there was “juice” as they say.
My use on the Intel MacBook Pro which has nothing to do with the multimedia professional caused the internal temperature to rise and the fan to turn on full speed. Under a similar use, or even worse, the M1, it remains cold to all punishment. Never once have I heard the fans spinning.
The Battery Health 2 module installed on both MacBook Pros confirms the electrical frugality of the new and the voracity of the old. Several degrees Celcius and watts separate them.
Very well designed, Rosetta 2 is the interface which translates on the fly for M1 system chips the coding of applications designed for Intel processors. So far, nothing to say, it’s fast to the point where you hardly see any differences in opening and running pre-M1 software.
As indicated in my previous text on the new MacBook Pro M1, it is the support of a single external screen against two previously that makes me cringe.
Still, Apple says it can handle a 6K external display. This resolution equates to three 2K screens – screens that the vast majority of computer users use. The Mac mini M1, which has the same system on a chip as the portable MacBook Pro and Air, with less battery, can handle two screens, one on the HDMI port in 6K, the second on the Thunderbolt 3 port in 4K.
By searching here and there on the Web, solutions exist to overcome this limit of a single screen. I will tell you about it as soon as I receive the graphics adapters.
Below is the Battery Health 2 extension installed in the MacBook Pro M1.