Why I’m Back on an Intel Mac — Not M1!

Yes! I’m still using an Intel Mac. Right now. Right this minute. To edit this very video. For you! No, not because I hate myself or because I need the thermals to stay warm in winter… but…

239 vids, 26 million views, 236,000 subs in one year. The very first year of this new indie channel. Thank you so much to all of you for all of your support. And just wait till you get a load of year two. Sponsored by Skillshare. Now, yes, it's true. I'm still using an Intel Mac. An Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro to be exact. And no, it is not because I hate myself or because I just need the thermals to stay warm in winter. And it's not because of Intel's hyper cringe, hyper self-destructive attack ads, which they immediately, confusingly followed up by just the worst, I hate you, don't leave me for Apple's Foundry business.

While also admitting their seven-nanometer process is still years away and then wanting to do away with nanometer measurements entirely. While I'm assuming Apple isn't even wasting a second on wicked side-eye as they prepare to go all-in on three nanometer or who the Hank Pym knows anymore, subatomic with Taiwan Semiconductor. And not because I don't love M1 Macs, I do. I all-caps love them. They have absolutely industry-leading performance in the very first models, the ultra-low-power models. And when you count in performance per watt, power efficiency, there is just nothing else that even comes close. And it's not all that. It's not the battery life. It's the quality of life. Everything is just instant. Like iPad instant. Utterly responsive. And when you combine all that with the performance, where I can render a video as fast as I can render it on a much bigger Intel box.

And with the battery life, where I can go not just twice as long, but three times as long with M1 as I could with any of the Intel boxes, it's legit hard to imagine what would keep me on an Intel Mac at this point. But, of course, I don't have to imagine it because I still feel it. I still live with it every day. And it's like three or four things that just prevent me from making the quantum leap, the warp space leap to M1 just yet. And the first thing is display size. I basically live in Final Cut Pro all day, every day making these videos, and Final Cut Pro, it just behooves you to have the biggest display you can possibly have. Not just so that you have the biggest view of the video you're editing but so that you have all the space for the additional toolbars and timelines and everything that goes along with it.

And 13 inches, there, still feels just a little bit cramped for me. So I'd much rather work on... Well, I'd much rather work on an iMac, on a giant, current 27-inch iMac, or some theoretical future 32-inch iMac. But for a MacBook, the 16-inch is just a much better size for me. Same with the RAM. The M1 Macs currently only go to eight gigabytes or 16 gigabytes. And thanks to unified memory, they're really, really efficient. It's not like eight gigabytes is the new 16 gigabytes. There are still really, really hard RAM limits. And if you're doing any sort of multitasking, just heavy workload, you should absolutely still get 16 gigabytes of RAM. But I need more than that because I'm often doing multiple, multiple apps, and multiple heavy workloads at the same time.

And I really feel most comfortable, right now, with 32 gigabytes, maybe even 64 gigabytes, just to future-proof as much as I possibly can. And then there's SSD size. And I know for some people that's totally not a factor at all. They just get the minimum that they need for their boot volume and for their base level storage, their apps, things like that, and everything else they just hang off the back, with either low-cost, high-volume storage or high-cost, high-speed storage. And I have that. I have all the hard drives. I have the USB-C hard drives. I have the Thunderbolt 3 hard drives. But all other things being equal, I don't wanna create that additional dependency, that additional point of failure. Especially before the world started ending and hopefully after the world stops ending and I'm traveling again, I don't wanna have to rely on those cords coming loose when I'm trying to work on a video.

And unfortunately, the current M1 Macs top out at two terabytes, where the theoretical M1X MacBooks that'll be coming next will go to four terabytes for the 13 or 14-inch and hopefully, eight terabytes, again, for the 16-inch. And lastly, and probably most critical to me now, the current M1 MacBooks just don't have enough ports. They're limited to two USB 3 ports, which are hybrid USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. And they're really, really fast. They're onboard. They're in the M1 chipset. But there is still only two of them. So, for example, anytime I do a live stream, like I did back to back this Tuesday, where I did Luria Petrucci first and then I did "MacBreak Weekly." I have to connect power, which is one port. Then, luckily, I have the microphone going into the camera and the camera going into a switch. So that's just one port. Otherwise, I need two, I need a cable just for the microphone and just for the camera.

Then I have ethernet because like "The Matrix," you have to use a hard line. I'm just never gonna trust streaming to wifi. And that's a third port. And yes, I'm totally aware, I could use a hub but that, again, introduces even more gear, even more points of potential failure, even more points of potential interference. And I always wanna keep setups for mission-critical stuff as absolutely simple as possible. And that means plugging all the things right into the one machine and I just can't do that yet with an M1 Mac. And Apple, absolutely, 100% still knows that which is why they're still selling the Intel version of the Mac Mini and the MacBook Pro, and not just selling them, but continuing to support them despite all of Intel's shenaniganization on the side. But, believe me, the minute, the Nidavellir hot minute that Apple announces an M1X 16-inch MacBook Pro, Thanos snap design or not, I am going to do that maxing out, that max-Booking out. And then just ride it like a silver surfboard or like a Space Gray surfboard. Dare, I hope, a matte-black surfboard, straight into the second year of this channel.

But yeah, no, it's shot in our studio. It's shot... We literally use a lot of footage and examples of the Galaxy S21 Ultra review that we made earlier this year. So we shot a bunch of behind-the-scenes and saved a bunch of that footage and kept the archive of the actual projects I go through and like, literally show you why I made certain edits, how I analyze some of the analytics from the video after the fact. It's just kind of all there.