For the past week I’ve been enjoying the new Mac mini M1 (with Apple Silicon), and boy, what a thing of beauty.
Externally it looks the same; the back, as has been reported, has less extensibility, but I don’t mind–I use either Thunderbolt 3 or Bluetooth accessories, so no problemo. I paired it with and older Apple Wireless Magic keyboard and trackpad, a Samsung 34″ C34J791 Thunderbolt 3 monitor that can double as a T3 hub, extended storage with a Samsung Portable X5 SSD with Thunderbolt 3 and this thing is fluid.
I’ve been running versions of IntelliJ IDEA for Apple Silicon and CLion for Apple Silicon. Startup time almost instantaneous from a cold boot. Kudos to Phil Nash, Anastasia Kazakova and team for these great tools.
It took around 3 weeks to receive it since I ordered it, but it was worth the wait–and I wasn’t in a hurry. If you can get your hands on one of these, or are undecided, highly recommended.