Even though the upcoming M1X MacBook Pros may be more expensive than the current MacBook Pro, it will offer far more value for money, longevity and flexibility than the current top-end Apple Silicon laptop.
With Apple set to reveal two new MacBook Pros, many will be waiting to pick up a good deal on the current MacBook Pro as the latest and greatest takes pride of place in the Apple Store. Think again, because the latest leaks show something better is in store.
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First up is the screen size. This is a pretty simple argument. Right now you would be buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a significant amount of bezel around the screen. Sure it does the job but compare that to the Windows powered competition – especially in the $1299 and above price bracket – and the 13-inch design looks tired and out of date.
The new design of the MacBook pro is expected to bump that screen size up to 14 inches (that’s one win) and to keep the package roughly the same size by reducing the bezels to accommodate the larger screen (win number two).
Along with the keyboard, the screen is a key part of any laptop. You want as much information on there as possible in a comfortable form factor. It’s going to be better if you wait for the new MacBook Pro.
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It’s also worth noting that the new MacBook Pro screen will put aside the current LED screen in favour of a miniLED screens this will offer a wider range of more vibrant colours, better and deeper blacks on the screen, and all at with a lower power demand on the battery. Not only will you get a larger screen if you wait, but you’ll get a better looking screen.
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Then you have the silicon. The current MacBook Pro comes with the M1 system on chip, the first to use Apple Silicon. By leveraging the tight integration between the ARM based chipset, Apple’s own hardware, and software specifically design for the chip, Apple could leverage much more performance out of the M1 than comparably specced Intel Macs.
Yet the M1 system chip will always be the first generation product, and the slowest Apple Silicon in any MacBook Pro. With a year of public feedback in the software, and any required changes in the chip design already fed back, it’s clear that the presumptively named M1X is going to offer far more performance. It should also support increased storage and memory (even though you won’t be able to expand this post-sale).
That’s a lot of experience and updates the M1X can offer. If you wait, you get a better system on chip with better integration. Finally you have a number of smaller features that, on their own, are relatively small quality of life updates. Once you stack them up with each other – on top of the major points on the display size, screen technology, and chip set – the argument to not buy the MacBook Pro in front of you is strong.
You have the update to the FaceTime webcam, which will finally replace the anaemic 720p webcam that every MacBook user has been saddled with since the rise of work from home; the M1X MacBook Pro is expected to bump up the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C count to four along with an HDMI output; and the long-missed SD Card reader will likely make an appearance. All of that, just for waiting.
And it’s not just those who are waiting that should not consider the current M1 MacBook Pro. While there is a slight increase in performance over the MacBook Air, when the M1X MacBook Pro laptops arrive those looking for more portable power will have a much better choice. The MacBook Air has all the same features as the M1 MacBook Pro, but at a much lower price. Those needing more power and an improved feature set will have the new hardware. Really, there’s no need to have the M1 MacBook Pro after the upcoming launch.
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When it comes to effecting change, they say the best approach is any approach that you’ll stick to—and that certainly goes for digital transformation. Nevertheless, in our experience working with large companies, we’ve seen that some strategies work better than others. For example, we recently shared why starting small should always be your Plan A for your digital transformation: because of how it aids you in validating your ability to execute, arms you with evidence of success to fend off skeptics, and nets you additional resources to invest. Beyond starting small, there are other tenets that we follow internally that we strongly believe to be universally useful and necessary in any organization that embarks on its own digital transformation. Chief among them is the importance of establishing a culture of psychological safety. This is especially true for the teams who are doing the heavy lifting on your digital transformation projects. Because while psychological safety is important for everyone, it’s especially critical for employees being asked to be creative, move fast, and to take risks.
What is psychological safety?
Psychological safety refers to an individual’s perception of the consequences of taking an interpersonal risk. The term was first popularized by organizational behavioral scientist Amy Edmondson of Harvard. She postulated that psychological safety is essential whenever people face uncertainty and interdependence—two words that often come up when people talk about digital transformation. At Google, we’ve come to appreciate the value of psychological safety through our own research. Between 2012-2014, Google People Operations (what we call HR) set out to understand what sets apart high performing teams using data and statistical analysis.
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