In the meantime, a few more details about the M1 chip have leaked out. We summarize what further information became known.
No more eGPUs
So far, it has been possible to compensate for the not particularly good graphics performance of the Intel chipset with an external graphics card. The M1 offers a multiple of performance in this discipline, but eGPUs are no longer supported. However, the last word has not been spoken – since the A14T of the rumored ARM iMac is supposed to have its own Apple graphics card, it is at least theoretically conceivable that this model can continue to handle eGPUs.
Front camera? Still 720p, but better
On the one hand, the new Macs are fundamentally new, on the other hand, some things have remained untouched (design, weight, battery size). Apple hasn’t changed the resolution of the front camera, which is still 720p, but the image quality should be noticeably better. ML-based face recognition, a larger color space and better white balance can be found in the specs.
Thunderbolt 3, not 4
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini have two USB-C ports – but still without Thunderbolt 4. The maximum throughput is still 40 Gb / s.
You can still buy Intel versions
If you can’t do anything with the new Macs, you still have the option to purchase Intel versions. However, this only applies to the high-end versions; Apple no longer provides inexpensive basic versions with Intel.
macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 RC 2
The final version of macOS Big Sur will be released on Thursday. Today, however, Apple published a developer update, namely the second release candidate. No functional changes are to be expected, at most small bug fixes on the home stretch.