Updated to an M1

My old MacBook Pro, a late-2016 MacBook Pro, has served me well, and is perhaps the oldest computer I’ve owned in some time, and that showed recently when its battery started to fail. I’d been holding out for Apple to announce its new M1X machines at WWDC, however they disappointed me and these were delayed. Sadly, the battery issue has gotten worse and I was no longer able to use it without being plugged in, so it became a pseudo desktop machine alongside its brother, the Mac Mini.

So, I bit the bullet this morning and bought myself the MacBook Pro 13 inch with the M1 chip. I’m still a little miffed to have gone this route as I did want to wait, however, needed a working machine for my studies. The M1 is a nice machine though, and zippy as they market it to be. I haven’t had a 13 inch machine since I owned the MacBook Air some years ago, and I did rather like that machine, particularly with its beveled edges. Setup of my M1 took a while as I was importing from a Time Machine backup, its times wildly fluctuating due to Apple minutes being applied.

Once installed and migrated, I had to update to macOS 11.4 which was annoying, but more so was the fact the first go failed and I had to re-attempt. Then that attempt wanted to sit there too. It would seem Apple has an update bug, at least there was for 11.3.1 users. However, just as I had typed in a terminal string I quickly located, bam, the update advised ready to install and we were away.

It’s still early days, but all appear to be working nicely. I am yet to try Windows under Parallels just yet. I must download, after signing up to Microsoft’s Insider Program, for the Windows 10 ARM-based edition. I am still curious to know if Windows 11 will ship for this or not.

Oh well, new toy, happy boy!

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