MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
8 CPU cores + 7 GPU cores
8 GB unified reminiscence
And two of the next:
Mac mini (M1, 2020)
8 CPU cores + 8 GPU cores
16 GB unified reminiscence
(certainly one of them has 10GbE; certainly one of them does not)
These Macs are used for something from serving to a buyer resolve an issue, to demonstrating providers and options I can provide, to beta testing new variations of macOS, to testing one of many numerous open supply instruments designed to make JAMF Professional much more highly effective than it’s by default is providing Mac coaching for individuals who need or want it, giving them the comfort of enjoying on a Mac that is not their very own. Testing software program installations as a part of testing MDM-based deployments can also be one thing I’d do.
I am fairly positive that, amongst these seven Macs, my bases will probably be effectively lined till Apple introduces one other sort of Apple Silicon Mac that modifications the implementation course of radically or till they cease supporting M1 (each appear to be an honest outing).
So, I lately managed to choose up a MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019). It had a defective logic board, battery, and keyboard, however had a pair months of AppleCare+ and was lined to repair every little thing free of charge. The one cash I’ve spent on it’s a Tech21 case (of which I had an additional), an inexpensive trackpad movie cowl from Amazon, and a keyboard cowl for the butterfly keyboard. Its specs are as follows:
1.6GHz dual-core eighth era Intel Core i5 Y-series (Amber Lake)
Intel UHD Graphics 617
Apple T2 Safety Chip
16GB of LPDDR3 RAM
Whereas I like that you’ve 16GB of RAM on this factor, it nonetheless feels rather a lot slower to run just about any third-party app. The fan will enhance for nothing. If I have been to do something aside from what I am utilizing the M1 Airs for, I’d completely hate the expertise. It appears like it is going to serve the identical meant functions because the M1 MacBook Airs and that is wonderful (contemplating the wants aren’t very excessive).
I like the concept all my consulting techniques are Apple Silicon and never Intel. Though, far more than that, I completely HATE working with the T2 safety chip out of my private arsenal (and even then, it is nonetheless annoying to take care of) and non-T2 Intel techniques appear to be on borrowed time proper now. (and these items are ineffective to me as an IT advisor if they can not run the newest variations of macOS).
For a pc I paid subsequent to nothing for, I might do rather a lot worse. There’s additionally one thing to be mentioned for with the ability to take a look at installers in opposition to each architectures if completely essential. I am solely conscious of some Intel-based installers that will not set up on Apple Silicon Macs (and so they all stem from utilizing Adobe’s package deal builder for Inventive Cloud and do not choose “Common” on the goal platform). I simply do not know if that want would ever come up. Ought to I promote this MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)? Or is it a good suggestion to have an emergency Intel Mac in my consulting arsenal?