Date posted: 2021-04-22
Category: Web Development
Tags: MacBook Pro,M1,Apple,Front-end,CSS,HTML,JS,Git,IDE
My 2015 MacBook Pro (MBP) was a pretty beefy machine. It was spec'd out and I upgraded the SSD to help make it run faster - it all helped in the long run and I easily could've kept using it for another year or 2.
Then Apple announced the M1 Silicone in the Air's chasis, along side a 13" MacBook Pro. I've always loved the design of the Air. It's the ultimate portable laptop, but it lacked power due to the CPU and cooling system. So I'd never wanted to use it for design and development. Now they've made it a powerhouse with the new Apple Silicone. I had to get my hands on it to see how it stacked up against my 2015 MBP.
TLDR; it's' faster and better in all the ways possible. The 2 USB-C Ports haven't been much of a pain as I thought they may have. I use this to add additional ports, which hasn't been often!
Safari browser Speedometer test results:
2020 MacBook Air:
I was a long term Windows user before switching to MacOS and I had to make some changes to the way it worked to make myself feel at home.
I'm a big fan of the trackpad and the way it works, especially compared to the Windows laptops. The defaults are ok, but I prefer having the following settings set:
I wasn't a fan of the default single click, hold and drag so I opted for the 3 finger dragging for app windows:
I want to make use of the whole screen so I choose to have the Dock hide automatically, and I pin it to the left of the screen so I don't accidentally hover over icons when using apps. I also remove all the apps from the Dock so there's litreally nothing in there except the apps that are running. I use the
command + space keys to use Spotlight to search for apps.
I thought I'd add this as it's always best to make sure it's enabled.
I prefer to use the F-Keys for their default functionality when in applications. I hold down the
fn key when I need to use the device settings, like brightness and volume. This is really usefull if you want to hit
F5 multiple times to refresh a browser page.
The other thing that I odd on MacOS was the keyboard Tab key wouldn't tab between OS Promt options. Changing the below enables this.
If you've got an Apple Watch then this is a no brainer. Open the laptop lid and if you've got your watch on then it'll unlock the laptop 🤯