With the M1 Processor, Apple Will Further Dominate Computing, Including Enterprise and the Cloud

I am excited about Apple’s new M1 processor for its Macintosh Computers. I am excited about them even though this past late summer I purchased the 27-inch 2020 iMac for over $4k which has Intel processors. This iMac may be the last Intel computer that I ever purchase. That is because Apple’s M1 Processor is totalling kicking the ass of Intel’s processors. The M1 processor is currently in Apple’s newest MacBookAir, 13-inch Macbook Pro and Mac Mini. And from what people who purchased it are saying those Macs are as powerfull as the latest 16-inch Macbook Pros and iMac Pros. Crazy stuff. They probably already compete with my 2020 27-inch iMac which I loaded up with the i9 intel processors and best AMD video card and 128 GB memory. Crazy powerful. That is until Apple created the M1 processor based on the amazing processor chips in the iPhone and IPad.

The computer world, particularly Intel and those who rely on Intel should be shaking in their boots. Apple’s M1 processor uses less electricity and gives off less heat than Intel’s processor while being even more powerful. That spells big trouble if not death for Intel and those who rely on it.

During the pandemic, I have been using various computing devices at home. My work computer, which work has given me, is a relatively new HP laptop that has i7 Intel processors in it and anS SD drive plus about 16 gb memory. This is a pretty powerful computer given that I mainly use it for Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, browsers and Microsoft Word. But I hate it. I hate it because it is constantly using the fan because it gets really hot underneath. It is noisey and hot. Plus, I have to pretty much always keep it plugged in for power because the battery doesn’t last long — at most, 2 hours.

With the new M1 Processor that uses less electricty, the Macbook Air gets 18 hours without a charge and the 13-inch Macbook Pro gets 20 hours. The Macbook Air makes no noise as it doesn’t have to use a fan. The 13-inch Macbook Pro has a fan but it hardly ever kicks in. People in enterprise are going to be purchasing these M1 computers that Apple makes because they are quiet, give off no heat and have batteries that last very long as well as being very powerful.

This will break the Windows-Intel hold on computers in the work place. For decades, Microsoft and Intel held a monopoly on computers in the work place. Apple Macintoshes had at most a modest slice of that business, maybe 3% or 5% at best. But that grip is going to be smashed by Apple. The time is ripe as Microsoft sees the writing on the wall particulary as Apple dominates smartphones and tablets with the iPhone and iPad. In enterprise, most businesses use iPhones and iPads. Microsoft completely supports Apple’s devices. Microsoft is now going to the cloud for its business. Office 365 is in the cloud. So Enterprise has aleady been used to dealing with Apple devices, i.e. iPhones and iPads. With the Macs now using the M1 processors, Enterprise will probably start switching to Macintosh computers. Afterall, the Macs work well now with the iPhone and iPad. Among other things, the millions of apps on iPhones and iPads will now work on the M1 Macs. For enterprise, it will be easier to support Macs with M1 when they are already supporting iPhones and iPads rather then continuing to support Intel laptops. In addition, since the future of Intel is in doubt now, enterprise will probably rely on Apple, the most successful company in the United States.

These M1 chips growth will not stop in the enterprise. They will also grow and domominate in the cloud. Right now, Intel processors dominate the servers that run the web and the cloud. But the problem for Intel is that Apple’s M1 processors are much more efficient in terms of power versus electricty consumption compared to Intel processors. Anyone running a lot of servers will be compelled to purchase the more powerful and power efficient M1 processors from Apple. Apple sells MacMinis with the M1 processor for under $700. Look for these MacMinis ending up being used as servers.

PSA: Terminal Commands to Customize Your Mac

CultofMac.com website has a nice article here referencing this Github page here maintained by Mathias Bynens that show you all sorts of Terminal Commands on the Mac to customize the Mac. It is a great resource. The Github page is incredibly in-depth. There are all sorts of commands you which allows you to make all sorts of changes to the OSX and Apple programs on the Macintosh. For a power user of the Mac this is an amazing resource.
Here are some that caught my eye as being really useful:

      # Disable hibernation (speeds up entering sleep mode)
        sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
      # Set Desktop as the default location for new Finder windows
        # For other paths, use `PfLo` and `file:///full/path/here/`
        defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTarget -string "PfDe"
        defaults write com.apple.finder NewWindowTargetPath -string "file://${HOME}/Desktop/"

Check out the CultofMac site and the Github site for more information. Really helpful.