1 Year Later: Should you buy Apple M1 Mac?

Dmitry Yarygin
5 min readDec 30, 2021
Photo by Rahul Chakraborty on Unsplash

Macs on Apple Silicon chip have been around for more than a year. Initially, I was disappointed with the decision of Apple to transition to their own chip and wrote a few articles that made people question my sanity.

In fact, it was in February of this year. Thankfully, I was able to see behind that and get a better understanding of the platform and where it could lead us eventually.

Let’s talk about the specific points about Apple Silicon chips and why it might be a mixed bag of experiences.

The best laptop for Travel

It’s not accidentally heating up in your backpack while you carry it. This computer doesn’t bother you with loud noises that might make you think that something intensive is happening.

There is no sound at all from my MacBook Air on the M1 chip. I can barely understand when resource-intensive tasks are happening and when I should close a few windows here and there.

You can charge it with a Power Bank

After using the 2014 MacBook Pro on Intel for a long time I got myself wondering why it consumes so much power and takes that much energy. There was no way I could keep charging this power-hungry beast while traveling around.

This is not the case with the M1 chip. You could easily charge it with a power bank and keep it going almost infinitely. I felt relieved that now I can finally work from anywhere and stop worrying about plugging in.

x86 Emulation is Bad. Really bad

I don’t think people are buying M1 Macs for running legacy Windows software in Virtual Machines, but some might be thinking about this seriously.

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Dmitry Yarygin

Nomad lifestyle writer. Passionate about breaking software— QA Engineer. My Travel & Tech YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/nomadicdmitry