Last fall, Apple announced a small revolution: the abandonment of Intel processors in its Macs in favor of homemade chips, using an ARM architecture. The beginning of a long transition phase. A few months after the release of the Apple M1 and at the dawn of new announcements, here is our assessment.
Apple’s transition to macOS 11 (Big Sur), the first to support Apple Silicon, has required time and work, both for the company, its partners and its entire ecosystem. Used to these in-depth changes, the Cuppertino firm has worked on several plans, from setting up its DTK to Rosetta.
The result was up to par, out of all proportion to Microsoft and Qualcomm’s attempt on Windows 10 on ARM, anything but convincing. But such a change can only be appreciated over time. So, after the first tests on a Mac Mini, here is a return on our experience with a little more perspective.
Our dossier on the history of macOS:
We tested Big Sur and the M1 chip on a MacBook Pro 13. This was its base configuration, with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of memory. This laptop, sold for 1,449 euros, is in itself a pleasant working tool. However, it is not free from criticism, some directly attributable to Apple, others related to a transition phase between the Intel and Apple Silicon architectures.
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