23 Mar M1 MacBook Pro for Photography – First Impressions on Using an Apple Silicon Mac for Photographers

Source: Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

I’ve been working of a pretty old computer for some time now. My main workstation was an ageing 2012 Mac Pro, which despite its age was working perfectly for why I needed. Or at least I thought it was.

The newest operating system I could use was macOS 10.14 Mojave and there were starting to be applications that just wouldn’t run on it. As my laptop was also old (2012 MacBook Pro) and I needed to replace that, I decided to take the plunge and embrace the future with an M1 MacBook Pro.

It’s been an eye-opening experience.

Overall Impressions

First of all, everything you read is true. This thing is incredibly fast. And while processing and benchmarks may paint an impressive picture, what doesn’t come across in the numbers is the overall responsiveness. It’s such a different experience, it almost doesn’t feel like using a Mac. Some things happen almost instantly.

The other thing that it made me realise, was how far behind the technology curve I was. For example, wide gamut displays and Retina display technology has come a long way. Images and video look amazing on this screen, and it’s not a particularly high-level or quality screen. This isn’t really a Mac-specific thing, but rather the fact that I had been used to older systems.

The one annoying thing is that the default resolution on the 13” is scaled, even though it tells you it’s the “default” resolution for the display. It actually started

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