Apple Guide Talks: Ep 3 – Apple Silicon is Here

Hello and welcome to the second episode of the Apple Guide Talks podcast. I’m your host Ralph Shepherd joined by my co-host, Eli Piper. This week we talk about Apple Silicon, in particular the M1, along with updates to the MacBook Air, 13″ MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini.

M1 and New Macs

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Apple finally announced its first set of Macs featuring their own, made in-house, processors. S0 what does this mean for you?

First, we’re not quite sure what the M1 is and what it means. During the event, we were giving a bunch of vague graphs and comparisons. So there is no confirmation on its real-life performance. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate and hope for the best.

As for new Macs, there is the MacBook Air, 13″ MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. All of these Macs keep the same exact design and feature two USB-4 port (which is a combo of USB-3 and Thunderbolt 3). The highlight of these new Macs is the M1 chip. But, don’t make the mistake of buying an Intel edition of the 13″ MacBook Pro or Mac Mini.

Honestly, just hold off getting a new Mac until at least early 2021. Hopefully, long-term reviews of the M1 should be out giving us an idea of the M1 performance and app compatibility.

No More Free Google Storage

For years Google has handed out free storage ignoring the 15GB they originally give you. You used to be able to backup your whole photo library to Google Photos no questions asked. Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and other such Google services used to ignor the 15GB of free Google Drive storage. All of this is about to change. Effective June 1, 2021 Google will be inforcing the 15GB of free cloud storage. This means after that date you will only have 15GB to upload your photos and docs, however evry thing uploaded before that June 1st dosn’t count.