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Anyone getting an M1 Mac?

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  • lets see how much of an isseu this is going to be if any https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/apple-m1-macs-appear-to-be-chewing-through-their-ssds/




  • Anyone know if I’d be hit with charges if I buy from the Apple UK store? Just tracking M1 MacBooks on the refurbished store. Looking in Ireland too but just curious.




  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    Anyone know if I’d be hit with charges if I buy from the Apple UK store? Just tracking M1 MacBooks on the refurbished store. Looking in Ireland too but just curious.

    UK Apple Store won't let you enter an Irish delivery address. If you use the UK Address Pal address (or a similar UK delivery redirect service), you'll not only pay UK VAT, but you'll also be hit for Irish VAT, possibly customs (depending on the item and its value) and a handling fee.




  • UK Apple Store won't let you enter an Irish delivery address. If you use the UK Address Pal address (or a similar UK delivery redirect service), you'll not only pay UK VAT, but you'll also be hit for Irish VAT, possibly customs (depending on the item and its value) and a handling fee.

    Thanks I didn’t actually know that.

    I see the M1 laptop I want is on the Irish refurb store anyway. Has anyone on here bought a refurbished Mac? Would ye recommend it? I assume they’re in perfect condition


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  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    I see the M1 laptop I want is on the Irish refurb store anyway. Has anyone on here bought a refurbished Mac? Would ye recommend it? I assume they’re in perfect condition

    Bought a refurb Intel MacBook Pro from Apple last year. Aside from the fact that it comes in a plain white box, you wouldn't know it was anything but brand spanking new. Not a speck of dust on it. Bought a refurb iPad last summer, and it's the same. Once it has the spec you want, I'd say go for it.




  • Refurbs may have been returned for any reason, including change of mind, so Apple can’t sell them as new. Always buy refurb when I can.




  • Great thanks lads. I had heard they are great just wanted to hear some first hand experience. Unfortunately mine was snapped up quickly so I’m on the look out now again.

    Going for 16gb memory 256 gb storage. Not sure what to make of these SSD stories...




  • Grabbed a refurbished 13” M1 on the Apple Store today. €1003 with a friends & family discount. Bargain!




  • Grabbed a refurbished 13” M1 on the Apple Store today. €1003 with a friends & family discount. Bargain!

    How can I avail of this family and friends discount? I know a few people who work for Apple.


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  • lets see how much of an isseu this is going to be if any https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/apple-m1-macs-appear-to-be-chewing-through-their-ssds/

    Seems to be a Big Sur software issue as some Intel Macs have the same problem.

    https://twitter.com/marcan42/status/1361163127308439553




  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    How can I avail of this family and friends discount? I know a few people who work for Apple.

    Tell them check the EPP store and go to the refurbished section. It’s €1003 for the M1 MacBook Pro base model. Be quick though as it might vanish. Their was an Air on there this morning for €779 but it’s gone.




  • Are the delivery times very accurate on the Apple Ireland store? Getting a delivery date between 16th & 21st of March for a 16gb M1 MacBook Pro. Maybe it’s the extra memory.




  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    Are the delivery times very accurate on the Apple Ireland store? Getting a delivery date between 16th & 21st of March for a 16gb M1 MacBook Pro. Maybe it’s the extra memory.

    I received mine within 10 days of ordering. They gave me a two week window when I ordered. Going by other posters here, Apple appear to ship within a week of ordering and then a couple days with the courier. Ordering extra modifications may take slightly longer.




  • Passenger wrote: »
    I received mine within 10 days of ordering. They gave me a two week window when I ordered. Going by other posters here, Apple appear to ship within a week of ordering and then a couple days with the courier. Ordering extra modifications may take slightly longer.

    Ok thanks. Probably an overestimate then. Refurbs have quicker shipping times to not sure whether to go brand new now or wait for a refurb to pop up this week.




  • So I finally pulled the trigger last night. Just went for a new Pro 16gb 256gb. Says delivery is the 19th of March though, killer wait.

    Got caught with the 2% VAT increase too.

    Outside of a USB stick would I need a single for anything else? The majority of my work is cloud based and rarely if at all use a USB.




  • Forestsman wrote: »
    I completely agree.

    24 hours with my new Mac and I went for the 8GB version. A mistake.

    Firstly, MacOS seems to keep many 'closed apps' actually suspended and still open, unlike most of what happens in Windows 10.

    Secondly, I don't play games much on my laptops any more but one 'native' game took 7+GB. I had more than 3GB swap in use. Holy F. I've never seen carry on like that in Windows and with 16GB on W10, I rarely ever breached 10GB.

    Thirdly, in Activity Monitor, I see a few weird names (they really look like system activities) using a lot of RAM. MacOS just seems to work quite differently.

    My use case on laptops had dialed down so much lately, mostly web browsing, researching online, Word/Excel, email etc. so light, I was sure 8GB would do it, and the unified memory of M1 is supposed to mean that it parks stuff in RAM for a much shorter time than traditional RAM. Whatever. 8GB is not enough.

    The only saving grace is that I did view this one as a tester purchase, and I'd probably trade-in and upgrade later in the year. Maybe the Pro for the fans.

    16GB. Yes. :pac:


    Couple of points, MacOS uses RAM differently to Windows. It sees it as something to use rather than some rare exotic substance you have to use sparingly. It’s perfectly normal to see it using a large percentage of RAM. RAM pressure is what you need to be mindful of.

    Secondly, are you closing apps correctly? Clicking on the red circle just closes the window, not the app. You need to either use the menu bar or Cmd-Q to actually quit the app.




  • Anybody having problems with TouchID on the M1 MacBook Air? It just doesn't work for me after the first few goes. I've restarted, deleted fingerprints and started over, but it keeps "forgetting" my fingerprint(s). Thought I might just have bad fingerprints (if that's a thing) but it's doing the same with my OH's fingerprints. I can unlock with my watch, but dammit, I want TouchID to work on my otherwise amazing laptop...

    If it's not a known issue - Google hasn't been particularly helpful - I suppose I'll have to get on to Apple about it.




  • The thing doesn’t make a sound :D

    Even when playing a game (FM21) on Steam (via Rosetta 2) - absolutely silent.




  • My Pro has been shipped earlier today but still with a delivery date of March 19th. Are these delivery dates accurate? Are they coming from China yeah?

    Can’t see how it would take 15 days from now if Apples logistics are as good as they say. And yes I know there is a pandemic!


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  • I'm hoping that the rumours about new models including a SD card slot are true. Now if they'd only include a single lone USB-A port....




  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    My Pro has been shipped earlier today but still with a delivery date of March 19th. Are these delivery dates accurate? Are they coming from China yeah?

    Can’t see how it would take 15 days from now if Apples logistics are as good as they say. And yes I know there is a pandemic!

    Replying to myself here but it still hasn’t left China... Shipping label created but hasn’t been shipped yet. Looks like the 19th might be accurate after all.

    Edit: Got a text from DHL says it arrives tomorrow! Weird. DHL tracking never updated on the site.




  • Arrived today. First ever Mac. Incredible device so far. Getting used to MacOS.




  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    Arrived today. First ever Mac. Incredible device so far. Getting used to MacOS.

    Honestly, once you go Mac you'll never go back!

    I have to use windows at work, and it drives me absolutely spare.

    MacOS is such a superior operating system.




  • eeloe wrote: »
    Honestly, once you go Mac you'll never go back!

    I have to use windows at work, and it drives me absolutely spare.

    MacOS is such a superior operating system.

    I’m unfamiliar with it but used to iOS and iPadOS so I can see the similarities. For starters it just works! I have a windows laptop here and you’d be quicker building a laptop before it would turn on. And that’s after a fresh install.

    Battery life seems insane so far. Haven’t used it much at all but still delighted I got the extra RAM.




  • eeloe wrote: »
    Honestly, once you go Mac you'll never go back!

    I have to use windows at work, and it drives me absolutely spare.

    MacOS is such a superior operating system.

    I’d say if you’re just doing document work then maybe but it’s basically a tablet operating system. Nicer on the eye than windows yes, but very limited when it comes to so much software. I couldn’t do 90% of my job if I had one.

    That said, I’d absolutely love one door a personal machine.




  • Have been using the new MacBook Air for a couple of weeks. Went for 8gb RAM and 512Gb storage. I need a new iMac more than this but a laptop was on the list too so I’m using it hooked up to a monitor as a work machine. It’s a game changer for me, but both my current Macs are a decade old. I do use multiple apps at the same time but nothing majorly RAM intensive so my setup is adequate for my needs. I will be adding as much RAM as I can afford on the new iMac when it’s available. I’m hoping for an announcement this month.




  • This machine is ridiculous. The battery life is incredible. Total game changer for me in relation to my workflow. Think by the time I’m done with it it will have been my best investment. The iPad Pro as second.




  • I’d say if you’re just doing document work then maybe but it’s basically a tablet operating system. Nicer on the eye than windows yes, but very limited when it comes to so much software. I couldn’t do 90% of my job if I had one.

    That said, I’d absolutely love one door a personal machine.

    There's always VM for running windows only software.


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  • Leftwaffe wrote: »
    This machine is ridiculous. The battery life is incredible. Total game changer for me in relation to my workflow. Think by the time I’m done with it it will have been my best investment. The iPad Pro as second.

    Glad you're enjoying it, which monitors are you using?


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