Apple has ended the year with yet another Apple event with their One More Thing event on November 10, 2020. You can watch the entire presentation right here. We expected lots of slick video presentations with out-of-this-world transiitions from segment to segment and that is what was delivered. I don’t get to deep into the weeds in the computer tech, I just like to have the fastest Mac I can afford. 🙂 I’ll let some Twitter chat ask a few questions that some might be wondering.
This event was about the Macintosh and the transition to Apple Silicon. This first chip designed for the Mac is the new M1 chip designed for low power devices.
The thing that bothers me about the new ARM Macs is that Apple’s tech specs are incredibly vague – it literally just says “8-core CPU” with no mention of clock rate or anything you could use to compare it to another machine.
— Digital Rebellion (@digitalreb) November 10, 2020
A big part of the M1 is the latest Mac OS Big Sur. I’ll be looking forward to what they said was near instant wake from sleep like iOS devices. There were several mentions of video editing, including “edit raw video” which makes sense as video editing is one of most taxing things you’ll do on a computer. There was a mention of both iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.
We even got some DaVinci Resolve love live and on-screen as well as folks from Adobe and Cinema4D in one of the videos.
The first Mac with the M1 Apple Silion is the new Macbook Air. That isn’t surprising since thin and light seems to be the perfect application for a chip with its genesis in mobile. The form factor looks the same as the last Intel Macbook Air. Maybe a new form will come to the big pro machines next year.
They showed an image of Final Cut Pro X running on the Air and mentioned editing simultaneous streams of ProRes video. That isn’t all that shocking as ProRes is very efficient. What’s cool is they mentioned there is no fan so this will be a very quiet machine. Price is right as it starts at $999.
We also get the new M1 Apple Silicon chip in a new Mac Mini. Once again compact design is the king and the perfect place for this chip. The price starts at $699 and is $100 cheaper than the last version.
13-inch MacBook Pro
Finally we get the M1 in what is the most important machine for creatives and video editors, the 13-inch Macbook Pro. This is a 13 inch model and while probably not the high end machine for post-production professionals it looks like it’ll hold its own. In fact there was even a video editing highlight during the 13-inch annoumcenemt worth mentioning: it was for DaVinch Resolve and, surprisingly, not FCPX.
They made it a point to point out the improved battery life. 20 hours of video playback is impressive but that’s going to be for things like watching Netflix and not playing back RED RAW footage or editing XDCAM. Prices will begin at $1299. You can order these new Macs now and they will ship next week. Big Sur arrives November 12.
I speced out a top of the line 13-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Pro and it came in at $2,299. You can also still order the Intel i5 13-inchers so they are not dead yet.
No eGPU on Apple Silicon M1 Macs:https://t.co/VEhUt1MdyT
— Anton Marini (@_vade) November 10, 2020
I don’t think the lack of eGPU support is that shocking. Now, if the higher power Apple Silicon chips don’t support them then I worry about the “pro” label.
Earlier this year I ditched my old iMac at my house and went with a new Macbook Pro. It’s been a great machine so far even if the fans seem to run all the time. I have been a bit disappointed in the 16-inch Macbook Pro when it comes to transcoding and encoding speeds vs my years old iMac Pro at the office I know that iMac Pro has a higher level chip but it’s old by computer standards. Will I buy a new Apple Silicon Mac? I’m sure someday but these Intel machines I have are still going strong and have a lot of life left in them. Plus, I’d wait for the higher end machines before throwing them into the deep end of post-production.
Apple Silicon reaction:
I’m happy I maxed out my 16” when I did and don’t feel inclined to “upgrade”. The new Macs are truly amazing but I’m not sure compatibility for plugins and pro apps will be there on day one. Need to wait before switching if you’re a pro IMO. #AppleEvent
— Dave Maze (@davemaze) November 10, 2020
I agree with Dave’s assessment above. Current Intel Macs still have a pretty long shelf life unless Apple restricts upcoming Mac OS updates to only Apple Silicon. I think we’re quite. few years away from that. It’s also worth noting that it might be awhile before some of the tools we use for post-production are ready for Apple Silicon. While the Apple apps will undoublty be ready soon it looks like Resolve will be ready to go. We might have to wait while for Premiere Pro and Media Composer.
Speaking of Final Cut Pro X, we did get a nice image of FCPX running with a new icon in the dock.
So we’ll get a shiny new FCPX soon! Probably 10.5.
Not Final Cut Pro 10.4.11
Not Final Cut Pro 11
Final Cut Pro 10.5
Maybe no X next.
— Alex Gollner ⧜ (@Alex4D) November 10, 2020
If you’re interested in geeky Apple Silicon talk check out our PVC podcast where I chatted with some post-production focused Apple developers about this transition. Or give this a listen:
We have a new tech talk about the GPU on Apple M1 chip powering Apple Silicon Macs:https://t.co/gyOvmMkH0w
— Gokhan Avkarogullari (@gavkar) November 10, 2020