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  1. rob lay

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    I just bought a new MacBook that will come in February or March.

    My current MacBook has been so reliable and still performs great I don't have to get one, but 8 years old feeling like I'm pushing it. My high end PC laptops like Alienware would only last 2 years.

    Anyway, current software Catalina.

    I do run Time Machine, is that the best way to transfer my files over?

    Thanks!
     
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  4. rob lay

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    Reboot won't fix this, that's all I ever said when working IT Help Desk in College.
     
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    You came back too quickly! There's a link now that will walk you through it.
     
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  6. Ricambi America

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    All I can say is this: The M1 chip will literally blow you away. The speed is astounding.
     
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  8. rob lay

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    I'm looking forward to it. I just can't believe #1 I was stuck on PC Laptops for 15 years requiring a new one every 2 years when they broke or malware beyond repair. #2 My current MacBook has lasted almost 8 years and been PERFECT. I still do heavy video editing etc without problems. Here are its stats...

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    Make an appointment at the Genius Bar and let them do it. Or go to Experimax as an alternative. Then write a trip report for ManLife!:eek:
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  10. vraa

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    This is what I suggest

    Get a USB-C samsung T5 or T7 (I would do at least 2x the size of your storage)

    https://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-Portable-SSD-1TB-MU-PC1T0T/dp/B0874XN4D8

    Then you plug that into the old laptop, tell it to use it as a time machine back up

    Then you wait a few hours for time machine to back up to the Samsung

    Then you plug in the samsung on the new apple, and you boot up the new apple, it'll ask if you wanna restore from a time machine, you say yes and it'll detect it and it's like magic

    I did this a few weeks ago upgrading from a 2018 mbp to a 2020 mba

    When you get more free time, set this up on a server in your house
    https://hub.docker.com/r/mbentley/timemachine

    Then you will have time machine over wifi like how the old air port capsules used to work
     
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  11. rob lay

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    I have TimeMachine, but I'm liking the looks of what JJ suggested with Migration Assistant. It appears a little more clean and automated. Why didn't you go the Migration Assistant route?
     
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  13. vraa

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    It's roughly the same thing

    You're making a time machine back up to an ssd, and then using migration assistant to restore from the time machine back up

    If you already have time machine, leverage it

    If you don't, then you use the assistant to do a machine to machine transfer

    My advice is to always have time machine.... especially since macs have encrypted drives and you can't take storage out of a laptop to put into another to do recovery easily
     
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    Another option that I've used with all my Mac/iMacs is that if you purchase the extended warranty (I always do for peace of mind) which I think is $300 for 3 years, they will have their gurus in the back transfer/migrate over all your data including bookmarks used for Safari or whatever search engine you use. This way, when I turn it on, its identical to the old computer. Plus if you have an affiliation to any school from your workplace or kids etc.., just mention it and you get an educational discount on both the Mac and warranty which is probably like $100-200 which pays for itself.
     
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  15. rob lay

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    Here's the bad boy I'm getting.

    16-inch MacBook Pro - Space Gray
    With the following configuration:
    Apple M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
    64GB unified memory
    2TB SSD storage
    16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
     
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    I have exactly the same machine coming, except mine is silver. Same exact specs though. Ordered it late Dec, should be here in Feb. Can't wait!
     
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  17. Innovativethinker

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    The new M1 chip is stupid fast, I am soooo glad I didn't drop $19k on the new Mac Pro (tower), we are still using the "trash cans" and one Imac Pro for video editing. Can't wait until they update the Mac Pro to the M1.

    From what I have read, the extra memory may not help every application, and same for the cores. Learned that expensive lesson with my earlier macs.

    I gave one of the new laptops to my nephew for Christmas, ordered on November 19, and it shipped on December 1st,
    configured as:

    Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
    32GB unified memory
    2TB SSD storage
    96W USB-C Power Adapter
    14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
    Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port
    Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID - US English
    Pro Apps Bundle for Education

    He uses a large curved monitor to do most of his photo and video work, so the 14" works well for him.

    He likes it, says everything is just about instant, and importing raw images from a memory card is 100 times faster. He hasn't done video yet.

    As to your question, time machine worked well, just did it for my daughter.
     
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  18. Korr

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    Crazy how far ahead Apple's M1 is over everything else.

    If you aren't on Final Cut Pro, might give it a look. It is made for the M1 cpu/gpu and it is stunningly fast....you will say WTF the first time you work some video through it. MBP is worth buying for this program alone.

    I gave up on Adobe's products a while ago. I use https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ in place of Photoshop and it is about 95% there. $55, free trial. They have been working themselves to the bone updating this program. No subscription BS, no spamming your system with 9000000000 programs/services (like ADOBE), one time purchase gets you all the updates you want. This is also made for M1 CPU.

    Apple's x86 emulation just plain works. First time I launched an x86 app, MacOS asked me to install Rosetta, and that was that. I haven't had a single problem with it at all. Completely invisible.

    https://www.tunabellysoftware.com/tgpro/ for monitoring the 90000 temp sensors Mac comes with. Not really needed because it runs cool and quiet always, but something to look at.
     
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    Agreed. Even on x86 applications, the M1 speed is nothing short of amazing. At Ricambi America, our inventory/ERP application is PL/pgSQL, with something called "Qt" (a C++ toolkit). Zero issues in Rosetta. We have it running on 5 different Mac's -- 2 of which are M1 and the others older silicon.

    After 20+ years on Mac's now, I cannot envision a scenario where I'd buy an Intel/MS product.
     
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  20. rob lay

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    thanks for heads up Adobe, I’ve been with them 20+ years, but now might consider switch.
     
  21. Innovativethinker

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    The Adobe alternative intrigues me, I really hate paying subscription fees, so on several machines im still running ver 6, which i paid something like $1,800 for (creative suite). Last version before subscription model.

    We do use plugins, lut packages and some other add ons. Also, if i have a problem i can google it and find a dozen answers. Is there third party support for affinity? Does it mimic the photoshop interface so ps tutorials would apply?


    main question, is it “just like photoshop”? I don't want to have to relearn a program, especially when i have photoshop running on my existing systems.

    Sorry for the lengthy questions
     
  22. Innovativethinker

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    If you have an x86 app that is 32 bit, don't expect it to run. None of the old ms office software would install in the new OS that the M1 runs on.

    Friend runs some trade software that stopped running when he upgraded to the M1, so now he has a windows laptop he remotes into.
     
  23. Ricambi America

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    32bit? That's basically like a Colombo V12 its so darn old!

    :)
     
  24. Korr

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    It is different than PS, but I didn't have any problem transitioning to it.

    I still use CS6 on my Windows box alongside Affinity, although for very few things these days. CS6 doesn't spam my system with junk services, nor does it have the broken CC launcher.

    Primary reason for dumping Adobe was their perpetually broken CC launcher crap, spamming garbage all over my system, and lack of multicore support. For instance, I batch compress and resize photographs all the time. My test folder of pics took Adobe 2020 1 minute 41 seconds to complete. Affinity does it in 12 seconds on my Ryzen 5900x.

    3rd party support for Affinity is not anywhere near the level of PS.

    There's no reason to drop CS6, but also grabbing Affinity is a no brainer. Free trial, $55 one time buy for all the computers in your house. Well, $55 for all the Mac computers and $55 for all the Windows computers.
     
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  25. Korr

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    You can get the pro apps bundle for $200. Includes Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor, Mainstage.

    https://www.apple.com/us-edu/shop/product/BMGE2Z/A/pro-apps-bundle-for-education

    They don't verify anything. I used my regular Gmail address and they approved it in 4-5 days.

    FCP on M1 is wildly performant.
     

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