Initials on 16 MBPro M1 Pro

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:

The good

  • 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.

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