A few weeks ago, Apple announced their new M1 silicone chip with their range of Macs. Essentially, they were updating their range of MacBooks and Mac Mini with the new silicone M1 chip, and removing the Intel chip. In the video above, I share my advice for your next investment.
The M1 Mac Mini
If you want a desktop replacement, then the Mac Mini will be a worthy replacement. But don’t forget that you will need to purchase a Mouse/Trackpad, Keyboard, and a Monitor. This will be an extra cost and you don’t need to go all out with an Apple Keyboard and Trackboard, as these are quite expensive and you can find cheaper alternatives.
Initial Mac Mini Setup:
- Apple Mac Mini – £699.00
- Apple Trackpad – £112.99
- Apple Keyboard – £127.44
- Samsung Ultra Wide Monitor – £349.99
- Logitech C920 Webcam – £82.86
For a total of just shy of £1380.00, you could have your next desktop Mac Mini setup for online teaching and other remote working purposes.
The M1 MacBooks
If you wish to have a device which you can move from room to room, then the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro should be for you. The difference between the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro depends upon whether you need a laptop to help you with more intensive tasks such as video editing or other related chore (music production, etc.). My MacBook Pro, which I have had for over a year, has served me very well.
The biggest difference between them both is the lack of a fan with the MacBook Air. Apparently, you won’t need a fan with your Air and I am sure Apple will ensure your device does not overheat with some thermal throttling.
Initial MacBook Setup:
Each includes 256GB of SSD storage but if you wish to have a bit more storage then it will increase the cost. Compared to the traditional Intel range of Apple Macs, the latest range of Apple M1 Macs make it more affordable for others to make the switch to Apple.
If you wish to have a decent device for remote teaching or other work purposes, then an Apple M1 device is for you. However, if you wish to have a dedicated graphics card for your device, then perhaps a PC might be more suitable. Nevertheless, Apple has made their range of MacBooks and Mac Mini more affordable and there is no reason to hold off purchasing a new device if you need to.
An Apple device works well and I have never had any technical issues with my MacBook. It is incredibly reliable for remote teaching and you will not need to upgrade an Apple for a number of years. Just remember to get enough SSD as you will not be able to upgrade the storage in the future.