I flashed the app on the M1 version of MacBook Pro and started a new posture of work (fishing)

After the release of the MacBook equipped with the M1 chip, online discussions were very hot. Some people thought that "ARM is going to be", and some people think that "it is still a toothpaste factory." What do you think?

I…I'm different, I only care if my MacBook can work happily (fishing).

Today, let us put aside the passion of online battle and take a look at it. If we are an ordinary user, what kind of experience is it to work (fishing) with a MacBook with an M1 chip?

Get the MacBook and arrange the work (fishing) app

MacBook is a "code-word machine" to me. I usually use it to write articles when I work. When I'm tired of writing articles or looking for topics, I visit various websites.

Compared with the MacBook Pro 2018 I used before, the M1 version of MacBook Pro is almost the same except for the scissor keyboard. The biggest change in this generation of MacBook Pro is actually the CPU. You can download and install the iOS or iPadOS App. The MacBook Pro I use is configured with 8GB storage and 256GB storage.

In the App Store of MacBook, search for the name of the App, and an option of "iPhone and iPad App" will appear . After clicking, you can see the App that is currently available for download .

I thought that not long after the MacBook with the M1 chip was released, the App support situation would not be optimistic. I did not expect that the basic mainstream apps can be downloaded normally .

How about using the App on MacBook?

On the whole, the most intuitive experience of using App on a MacBook is a bit like projecting the App on a laptop. The operation is almost the same as that on a mobile phone, and at the same time it brings some logic of laptop operation.

Open the app, and a pop-up window will display the app on the MacBook. The first opened app will also request permission to notify, locate, and read contact information. Unlike the mobile phone, you need to allow or deny the pop-up notification bar on the upper right corner of the MacBook Permission request.

▲ Unlike iPhone and iPad, notifications appear in the upper right corner of MacBook

▲ The App running on the MacBook is the same as that on the iPhone, and even the ads will be displayed as usual. If you see it, please give us money

▲Some permissions may be requested once in the notification bar, and then the MacBook will pop up again

On the MacBook's trackpad, we can use different gestures to control the App.

Unlike manipulating the App on a mobile phone, the notification of the App is displayed in the upper right corner of the MacBook, and the gesture to exit the App is also different from that of the iPhone.

If you want to put the App in the background, you can click the yellow button in the upper left corner of the window, and click the red close button to pause the audio and video playback .

▲Different from the PC logic, the closure in the upper left corner of the App is not really closed

For example, we closed the Graphite Document App for about 3 hours, reopened the interface that remained before closing, and closed the Tencent Video App and QQ Music App windows, and the video and music were all paused. Open it again, Tencent Video will automatically continue to play the video, QQ Music needs to manually resume playing music, but the interface and playback progress are unchanged.

To exit the App completely, you need to select Exit from the right-click icon in the Dock bar. After about 1 minute, click the App and it will reload.

▲ Right-click to exit in the Dock bar to exit

If you have opened some more private apps on your MacBook, you must exit from the Dock bar. Otherwise, the next time you open the app, the interface you exited last time will remain. Maybe the video will automatically resume playing. Be careful to "share" it would be super embarrassing to go out.

As for the App experience, it is the same as on the iPhone. There is no problem with refreshing information, reading e-books, listening to audio, refreshing short videos, watching movies, sending bullet screens, etc. Don't worry about this.

When text is input, the input method of MacBook is also called. Even if a third-party input method App is installed, the pop-up keyboard will not block the App interface.

▲ Sogou Input Method App can also be installed on MacBook, but it will not take effect

A lot of apps, but still need to adapt and update

Don’t be happy to see so many downloadable apps. They have a lot of small problems, but they are not unusable.

1. The size of the window interface is not uniform

For example, the iPhone and iPad apps are now mixed together. After opening, the windows are of different sizes. The iPhone App has a small window and the iPad App has a larger window.

▲ App of different window sizes are put together, there is a sense of fragmentation

Some apps are displayed on the vertical screen, and some apps are displayed on the horizontal screen. The visual effects are not uniform. In addition, the Mac version of the software may be opened at the same time, which has a sense of fragmentation.

2. Some apps cannot resize the window

The window zoom function is the basis of the split screen efficiency on the PC side, but we found that many apps cannot freely adjust the window size, resulting in very small fonts, pictures and other elements displayed on the interface, which affects the user experience.

3. Gesture conflict

The MacBook trackpad has a variety of gestures, such as two-finger swipe up, two-finger tap to simulate right-click, four-finger swipe to switch windows, etc. Some gestures may conflict with the App or fail.

For example, the Peek-Pop (tap + press ) gesture of the trackpad may have two effects in the app opened on the MacBook. The first is to simulate the long press gesture on the iPhone to check items, such as checking The second type is to trigger the word selection query function on MacBook.

Peek-Pop triggered the word search function of MacBook in the App

Users need to remember clearly which function each gesture triggers on different apps, and consider whether this gesture will trigger a certain function of the MacBook. The operating experience needs to be improved.

4. The basic logic is not uniform

For example, if you open the WeChat software of macOS and the Graphite document of iPadOS at the same time, if you click to share a document, the MacBook will automatically wake up the WeChat app of iPadOS instead of directly using the WeChat software of macOS.

▲ The macOS WeChat has been downloaded and logged in. The Graphite Document App wakes up first but the iPadOS WeChat App

Some apps are not yet adapted, you can use it in advance

▲ You need to download the Apple Configurator 2 software first

Now, there are still some apps that are not compatible with MacBook with M1 chip. Is there any way to use it in advance? The following method is from Weifeng Forum user MotorBottle.

  1. Search and download Apple Configurator 2 in the App Store of macOS. After opening, connect your iPhone or iPad with a data cable
  2. Click on iPhone in Apple Configurator 2, right click to select-Add-App
  3. Find the App you want, select and click Add to download the App
  4. After the download is complete, Apple Configurator 2 will prompt you that this App already exists on the device, please be careful not to click any buttons
  5. Press Command + Shift + G to open this path: ~/Library/Group Containers/K36BKF7T3D.group.com.apple.configurator/Library/Caches/Assets/TemporaryItems/MobileApps/
  6. The downloaded ipa installation package is inside, copy it out, it’s safe, otherwise it will be deleted automatically
  7. Double-click ipa to install, an error will be reported when opening, prompting that there is no permission
  8. Open the terminal and enter sudo xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine App path (for example, sudo xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine /Applications/WeChat.app)

Step 8 is actually to enter "sudo xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine", and then go to your application folder, drag the installed App to the terminal, and press Enter to enter the password.

It should be noted that currently this method can only open some apps, and some apps may crash after opening .

Compared with Huawei's multi-screen collaboration, what is the difference?

▲ Huawei "Multi-screen collaboration" function. Picture from: Huawei official website

Many people thought of Huawei's "multi-screen collaboration" function for the first time after seeing that MacBook can use the App. After experience, it can be said that they are only extremely similar in function, but the inner principle is essentially different .

Huawei’s “multi-screen collaboration” is a screen projection function implemented through NFC and programs on the PC. In essence, the mobile phone is controlling the App. The PC is only used as a medium for indirect control and display of the App, while Apple’s MacBook uses hardware and The two aspects of the system directly allow the App to run on the PC.

▲ The main driver of Huawei’s “multi-screen collaboration” apps is still mobile phones. Image from: Huawei’s official website

Huawei chose NFC because of cost factors. On the one hand, it only needs special NFC. Many computers equipped with Windows system can realize this function. It is a successful case of commercial innovation, while the MacBook with M1 chip has to be done from the hardware. The cost of a major change is incalculable.

On the other hand, Huawei is also constrained by the system ecology. After all, the Windows system is not its own, and it is impossible to adjust the system from the root cause, while Apple is not so restrictive in the system. It is only a matter of time to modify macOS regardless of cost and cost.

From the user's point of view, we don't need to care about and argue about who is more powerful. We just need to know that whether Huawei or Apple, the current experience of this feature is good.

What chess is Apple playing? Big Sur gave the answer long ago

▲ An increasingly integrated system. Picture from: Apple's official website

Professional data and hardware interpretation are set aside. From the easiest to understand point of view, Apple wants to provide users with an integrated experience that integrates all hardware in the whole ecosystem .

In the future, it may no longer be necessary to define each piece of hardware too finely. Users only need to know the two points "what it can do" and "it and its ecological products are both overlapped and naturally unified."

Next, product definitions will become more and more blurred, the boundaries of a single product will continue to expand, and the boundaries of multiple products will overlap each other. We can use the App on the PC, and use the mobile phone to connect to the computer screen. "You can do my thing, and I can do your thing" will be the basic feature of hardware.

▲ With the Dex function of Samsung phones, the phone connected to the screen becomes a "light computer"

An interesting phenomenon may appear in the hardware ecology in the future: you think a product can do everything, but it will always be "own protagonist, other people's supporting role", in the case of realizing its main function, you can still use a discount The experience realizes 80% of the functions of other hardware.

As ordinary users, we don't have to worry about who is better and who is "spicy chicken", who is noble and who is "diaosi". After all, the products are for people, so you can use them happily.

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