Migration yesterday from my 13 inch MacBook M1 to the new 16 inch baseline MacBook Pro M1 Pro took around two hours using Migration Assistant via peer-to-peer networking. Sadly, this didn’t work 100 percent, two apps I’d used on the old machine refused to work, Intel apps, so I attribute this to Rosetta 2 not running for some reason. Also, I was forced to reinstall Kaspersky Security Cloud as several files associated with this failed to copy across.
Migration aside and just focusing now on the Mac itself, here’s a few initial considerations:
- Even compared to the M1 it is noticeably quicker
- The screen is gorgeous and I’m not even seeing the notch
- Finally able to use my second external screen
- Added ports alleviates the need for all those dongles and hubs
- MagSafe returns
- 21 hours battery life
The not so good
- I miss the TouchBar. I think the implementation of the TouchID button is poor, there is no visual clue to indicate that I need to place my finger on it, on TouchBar I would see a visual clue that I needed to touch to authenticate
- The weight, damn this is one heavy laptop, to the point of being uncomfortable to carry around
The not so good list is only small in reality as this is a great machine and zippy. The quality of the screen can’t be underestimated, there has been a few people whining about ProMotion and 60Hz refresh for Safari, I clearly have dreadful eyesight as I can’t see what they’re complaining about, I think they are just whiners.