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  • - We've been waiting for this to happen for years.

  • And it's finally here.

  • This normal looking MacBook Air

  • has something completely new inside.

  • An Apple M1 processor instead of an Intel processor.

  • This transition is a huge deal,

  • and Apple is making huge claims.

  • - And this is the new entry-level MacBook Pro,

  • which also has an M1 processor.

  • We have a thousand questions going into this review.

  • Will the M1 be faster?

  • Will battery life be better?

  • Well apps designed for Intel run okay

  • on this ARM-based Apple chip?

  • And is running iOS apps on the Mac weird or good?

  • - Did Apple do everything that it needs to do

  • to make this transition basically?

  • And the stakes are high.

  • The MacBook Air is Apple's most popular laptop,

  • and this version looks identical to the last MacBook

  • and it starts at the same price,

  • $999 for the eight gig model.

  • This review unit here is $1650 with 16 gigs of RAM

  • and a terabyte of storage.

  • But you know, one thing that you can't spec out,

  • and Intel version of the MacBook Air.

  • They're only selling the M1 version now.

  • It's a big bet.

  • - You can still get a 13 inch MacBook Pro

  • with an Intel chip, but the entry-level 13 inch MacBook Pro

  • with two ports has the exact same M1 ship

  • as Dieter's MacBook Air.

  • And it starts at the same $1299 as before.

  • This one is $1,900, with 16 gigs of RAM

  • and one terabyte of storage.

  • Those prices aren't that different from before.

  • And this is still the base model.

  • The best way to think about it

  • is as a MacBook Air with a fan so that the M1

  • can run hotter for longer,

  • since the Pro and the Air are so similar,

  • and since the real news here is the M1,

  • Dieter And I are just going to review them together

  • for this video.

  • And I'll just spoil it for you at the top.

  • These computers are incredible.

  • - They really are.

  • All right.

  • - (both) Here we go.

  • - Okay, so before we get too far into it,

  • we need to lay some groundwork.

  • Apple is making its own Mac chips now

  • using the same technology it uses for iPhone and iPad chips.

  • That means these Macs pick up the things

  • that Apple is good at on those computers.

  • They're very fast, yet manage to have great battery life.

  • It also means they can run iPhone and iPad apps,

  • which is interesting, but there's a potential hiccup.

  • These are ARM processors, which

  • are a completely different instruction set

  • than Intel processors.

  • At the most basic level, apps designed for Intel

  • can't run on ARM.

  • You need special translation software,

  • and a lot can go wrong there.

  • - On windows, Microsoft solution is emulation,

  • and it means that Intel apps are slow,

  • and that they kill what would otherwise be

  • pretty good battery life.

  • On these Macs, Apple has a translation layer

  • called Rosetta Two.

  • All that under the hood stuff is important

  • for understanding what happens when you push these machines

  • but in just regular day-to-day use,

  • I didn't have to worry about any of it

  • because these computers are fast,

  • no matter what kind of app that you use.

  • This MacBook Air is the most impressive laptop

  • that I have used in years.

  • Now, we are going to show you some benchmarks

  • but the bottom line is that I haven't had

  • a single performance complaint.

  • I could run as many apps as I want to

  • and do things on this computer that would have brought

  • my old MacBook Air to its knees.

  • And it does all of that

  • even though it's completely different on the inside.

  • There's no fan on this MacBook Air,

  • and Apple has done more than just swap a chip out.

  • It's changed the way that RAM works,

  • but it has one big pool of memory

  • for both the CPU and the integrated graphics.

  • There are tons of complicated technical changes

  • on this logic board, and none of it is a problem.

  • It's all just seamlessly good and fast,

  • and even though I've tried, it never really even gets hot.

  • This computer does things that could give

  • bigger heavier pro laptops a run for their money.

  • So we often run a benchmark on the game,

  • "Shadow of the Tomb Raider."

  • Now for ultra books running Tiger Lake,

  • we always do it at the lowest graphical setting

  • at 1920 by 1080 or 1200.

  • And they struggle to get 30 frames per second.

  • This MacBook Air got 38.

  • It is very impressive for a laptop with integrated graphics.

  • I wouldn't have even bothered trying on the old MacBook Air.

  • - The story is pretty much the same on the MacBook Pro.

  • In fact, in day-to-day performance and shorter benchmarks,

  • their results were the same as the Air.

  • But since the pro has a fan, it doesn't pull back

  • on performance to maintain temperatures.

  • So it can sustain heavier workloads over time.

  • And that takes some work.

  • to get this thing hot enough to kick on the fan,

  • I had to run the multi-core Cinebench test

  • on a loop for at least 10 minutes,

  • and when the fan came on, performance never really dropped.

  • The air got much slower as it got hotter

  • and throttled the processor.

  • This all sounds like we're sort of shocked.

  • It's because we are.

  • Dieter And I have been around for a while

  • and we've seen processor transitions before.

  • They're usually a little rough.

  • And even when they go well,

  • there are exceptions and caveats.

  • This one doesn't seem to have it.

  • For example, at the verge, our video team works with

  • Adobe creative cloud, and those apps are fast

  • on these machines.

  • We can jam through Premiere and Photoshop with no problems.

  • We run a 4K export test on every machine,

  • and both of these computers beat older Mac laptops

  • and Intel Ultrabooks, hands down.

  • And again, these are Apple's entry-level machines

  • with first-generation M1 chips in them.

  • - And here is what is wild about all of that.

  • That tomb Raider game and those Adobe apps

  • haven't been coded to work with this ARM-based M1 chip yet.

  • They are translated through Rosetta Two.

  • See, what happens with these apps

  • that expect an Intel processor is

  • that when you launch them,

  • Rosetta just translates them into ARM code,

  • and then they just run.

  • Unlike windows emulation for ARM,

  • they're not significantly slower, or buggier.

  • Even Geek Bench scores are really impressive.

  • To get this kind of performance out of apps

  • that weren't even designed for this chip is buckwild.

  • Now look, if you're a professional

  • who needs to do real hardcore things through your laptop,

  • I am not going to promise you that this is better

  • than an Intel chip with a separate, serious GPU.

  • But if you're just looking at getting a basic laptop

  • like the MacBook Air, Apple did it.

  • It's good.

  • I never worried about whether an app was running

  • through Rosetta or Native or what.

  • There's really no caveats.

  • - Okay, there's one caveat.

  • I'm sorry.

  • Can you guess what it is?

  • It's Chrome!

  • Of course, it's Chrome.

  • And other apps that use the underlying Chrome engine,

  • like Slack.

  • These apps seem fast enough,

  • but they were battery hogs before,

  • and they seem like even bigger battery hogs now.

  • So let's talk about battery life.

  • Apple is making some huge claims here.

  • 20 hours of video playback on the MacBook Pro

  • and 18 on the Air.

  • But video playback is easy.

  • The real claim is that you get between 50%

  • and even a 100% better battery life

  • than the previous Intel based models.

  • We didn't get all the way there.

  • You get the feeling that Apple doesn't test with Chrome,

  • but we came close.

  • The MacBook Pro has a bigger battery,

  • and I had no problems getting 10 hours of use out of it.

  • I had to absolutely attack it

  • to drain the battery in eight hours.

  • I was literally playing 4K YouTube videos in Chrome,

  • in the background, while doing other work

  • to make the battery drain faster.

  • Dieter's MacBook Air also lasted eight,

  • and even 10 hours on a normal workday

  • of web, Slack, and a couple hours of Zoom and whatever else.

  • And once more apps are running natively as universal apps,

  • instead of through Rosetta,

  • it's reasonable to expect even better numbers.

  • - You know what, we should actually get into the differences

  • between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro,

  • in case people are trying to pick between them.

  • - Yeah, here are the main differences.

  • The pro has that fan for extended workloads.

  • It has a slightly better screen, a bigger battery,

  • better mics, and ladder speakers and the touch bar.

  • Which is not really a plus,

  • because the touch bar is horrible.

  • - Yeah.

  • On the MacBook Air, they swapped a new buttons

  • on the function row.

  • So there's spotlight search, which is actually good now,

  • and you can search the web,

  • you get a do not disturb button

  • and you get a dictation button.

  • That dictation button is a big win for accessibility.

  • And also dictation is better than I remember.

  • I might actually start using it now.

  • - I don't know why Apple doesn't do to the touch bar

  • what it did to the butterfly keyboard.

  • Admit it was a mistake and move on,

  • but you know whatever, actually there's another mistake.

  • The webcam it's awful.

  • - It's god awful.

  • It's still 720p, and Apple has this new image

  • signal processor in the M1 chip

  • that's supposed to make it better,

  • but instead it just makes it

  • a more processed version of bad.

  • - I'm not kidding.

  • We were going to give these laptops

  • a 10 out of 10 review score until we saw the webcams.

  • On the Pro especially, which costs more,

  • it's unacceptable when we're all working from home.

  • - Okay, but how do you actually pick between

  • these two laptops?

  • - My take is unless you can immediately think

  • of something you do that requires like 10 minutes

  • of sustained processing, you should buy an Air.

  • The premise otherwise is just too similar.

  • It only has two thunderbolt ports and woof.

  • Touch bar.

  • Although it does have slightly better battery life.

  • - Yeah, I am jealous of that battery life,

  • but otherwise I don't think the Pro

  • really quite justifies it's $300 price premium.

  • I think of the MacBook Pro in the way

  • I think of the iPhone 12 Pro,

  • it's a nicer version of the default.

  • And as impressive as this new first M1 chip is,

  • we are waiting to see what Apple can do

  • with actual professional max.

  • - Dieter, I see what you're trying to do here.

  • You're trying to avoid talking about

  • how bad iOS apps are on these Macs.

  • - Damn it.

  • - Have fun, buddy.

  • - Okay, so there are four kinds of apps on these new Macs.

  • There's a universal apps which run natively

  • on either Intel or this ARM chip,

  • there are Rosetta apps, which are translated from Intel,