Last week Apple unveiled the first three Macs powered by Apple silicon. The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini are all powered by the same M1 system on a chip, meaning that we should expect similar performance from all three machines.
Although there are still a lot of questions about how these Macs will perform in real-world usage, it’s already fairly evident that these machines will be a boon for Final Cut Pro users and creative professionals in general. With the review embargo likely dropping Tuesday and customers scheduled to receive their new Mac hardware the same day, we should know much more tomorrow.
Apple’s M1-powered Mac hardware is still young, but anyone who dismisses these new Macs as mere toys needs to remember the trajectory of other Apple products like the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. These products started “slow” out of the gate, but they are all now best-in-class from a performance perspective.
Because of the foundation already laid, we aren’t going to have to wait several generations to see the immediate impact of Apple’s silicon prowess on the desktop. The November Mac event made it clear that, out of the gate, these Macs would feature head-turning performance. For creatives, these Macs have the potential to be special, even if the initial products possess inherent design limitations.