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Top Stories: Black Friday Deals, Redesigned MacBooks, Hands-On With Apple's M1 Macs

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With Apple's holiday hardware lineup seemingly all set, attention this week turned to the shopping end of things with Apple and other retailers rolling out their Black Friday deals.



That wasn't the only news this week, however, as we've continued to learn more about Apple's new M1-based Macs and we've even heard some fresh rumors about redesigned Mac notebooks coming next year, so read on below for details on the biggest stories of the week!

Black Friday Deals on Apple Products Continue: AirPods, M1 Macs, Apple Watch Series 6, iPads, and More

There was a lot of focus this week on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, and there were a number of solid deals to be had on AirPods, Apple Watch, and more, including some modest discounts on Apple's latest M1-based Macs.


Many of the deals are continuing through the weekend and even into next week, so if you haven't yet taken advantage of the opportunity, check out our Black Friday roundup, our top picks post, and our other coverage.


Apple Offering Up to $150 Gift Card With Select Products on Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

As usual, Apple doesn't have the best deals for Black Friday, offering bonus Apple gift cards with the purchase of select products rather than straight cash discounts.


Apple's four-day shopping event runs through Monday, and while the gift card offer isn't valid on Apple's latest products, there are a few solid deals like a $100 gift card with the purchase of a full-size HomePod.

M1 Macs Hands-On Comparison: MacBook Air vs. 13-Inch MacBook Pro vs. Mac Mini

Apple's new Macs with the M1 chip began arriving to customers earlier this month, but if you're still trying to decide on which one to buy, we've put together a hands-on comparison video for the machines.


Given that they share Apple's M1 chip, all three Macs deliver breakthrough performance compared to their Intel-based equivalents, and benchmark results show they even outperform the highest-end 16-inch MacBook Pro.

In our tests, even the base model MacBook Air with 8GB delivered very fast performance, making it a suitable option for most customers. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has an extra GPU core enabled, a brighter display, better speakers, and a fan, for those considering going up a level. And of course, the Mac mini is the ideal choice for desktop users.

Redesigned MacBooks With Apple Silicon Expected to Launch in Second Half of 2021
Apple plans to release additional MacBook models with Apple Silicon in the second half of 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as part of the company's two-year transition away from Intel processors.


Kuo said that these MacBook models will feature a new design, and reliable leaked "L0vetodream" says that the redesign is not only for Apple Silicon models, suggesting we may also see new Intel-based models.

Kuo did not specify which MacBook models will be getting redesigns, but he previously claimed that redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple Silicon and an all-new design would launch in the late second quarter or third quarter of 2021. A redesigned 24-inch iMac and a smaller version of the Mac Pro have also been rumored.

Kuo also expects third-generation AirPods to launch in the late second quarter of 2021. He has previously claimed that the design of these AirPods will be "similar to AirPods Pro," but likely without active noise cancellation.

Video Demos Performance Differences Between 8GB and 16GB Apple M1 MacBook Pro

All of the M1 Mac models use essentially the same M1 chip, so the upgrade options are limited to SSD storage space and RAM. We haven't seen many comparisons that demonstrate the difference between a machine with 8GB RAM and the upgraded 16GB RAM option, but Max Tech recently shared a video highlighting the performance differences between an 8GB MacBook Pro and a 16GB MacBook Pro.


The video includes a series of benchmark tests, ranging from Geekbench and Cinebench to RAW exporting tests. Geekbench and Cinebench benchmarks didn't demonstrate a difference in performance between the 8GB and 16GB models, but other tests designed to maximize RAM usage did show some differences.

And if you're still on the fence about whether to get one of the new M1-based 13-inch MacBook Pro models or stick with a tried-and-true Intel-based model, make sure to check out our buyer's guide to help understand the differences.

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Freeangel1

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.
 
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jerryk

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.
Not me. Order MacBook Air M1. Sold 2019 16" MBP. Looking forward to enjoying not hearing fan noise and more than 4 hours battery life. Probably will add 14" MBP M1x/M2 when they become available. As long as Office and Adobe CC runs I am good.
 
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Ds6778

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.
M1 is better. It’s ok.
 
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killhippie

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Ah the M1 processor once more to the breach of being a companies beta testers we go. Hence I'm avoiding a few revisions and any way my bto 27" 2017 i7 iMac is still going strong for now, when I need a new iMac maybe I'll just bend a piece of aluminium and glue an ipad to it and behold a mini iMac because that's where I feel macOS is heading. I hoped they would remain distinctly different and in the end I wonder if it will be hard to tell the difference. The mac will just merge into a world of rounded squares and we end up with a 24-32" iPad on a stand at some point, and that stand still wont be height adjustable.
 
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iapplelove

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.

I dunno, the one I played around with was pretty damn impressive. Made me want to buy one on the spot.
 
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VermontsFinest

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.
You may be in denial.
 
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cargobrian

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Not me. Order MacBook Air M1. Sold 2019 16" MBP. Looking forward to enjoying not hearing fan noise and more than 4 hours battery life. Probably will add 14" MBP M1x/M2 when they become available. As long as Office and Adobe CC runs I am good.
What did you get for your 16"MPB? I sold mine for 1600USD
 
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eno12

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.
Bought a 16GB M1 Mac Mini. For long compiles (thousands of C files) the Mini is over twice as fast as my Core i7 16". The Core i9 isn't that much faster than the Core i7 considering the i9 spends a lot of time recovering from turbo boost.

Ran some other benchmarks and they all were in the 2-3x range. WoW runs in ultra (level 10) at 30-60fps with a 1440p monitor where the 560 in my MBP could barely do 30fps at level 5. And even when WoW was playable on the MBP it was burning hot. The fan in the Mini barely kicks on. This $1200 Mini blows away my $3200 MBP.
 
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jerryk

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What did you get for your 16"MPB? I sold mine for 1600USD
$1690 is the estimate. It is on the way to reseller right now.

I keep all of the boxes and even the separator screen protector paper, rewrap the power cable into the little paper holder, etc. It looks brand new.
 
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jerryk

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But but, all the so called ex spurts on here say 8GB is as good as 16GB.
Most say it is good enough for what they do. And for most people that is true. Again, this is Gen 1 of the Apple Silicon Macs. Gen M1xxx, M2 ,... will be better.
 
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srndpty

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I went to the store to play around with an M1 MacBook.
opening apps was not as fast and snappy as they claim on this web site.
although it had only 8GB RAM.
I'm going to PASS on the M1
I LOVE my i9 iMac and i9 MacBook Pro

I think Intel can still innovate and make AWESOME processors.

Not interested in paying lots of money to update my software just cause of design. not gaining any features.
oh, well if you opened some apps, then i guess i’m gonna have to reconsider the M1. 😂 so glad we have people as thorough as you to keep us from making horrible mistakes...

something tells me someone could switch out your i9s with i5s and you wouldn’t notice.
 
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