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Apple 13-Inch MacBook Air M1 8-Core GPU 8GB 512GB Gold - $1749 ($1949, $200 off) and Other M1 Macs @ Mwave

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This is part of Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for 2020

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  • +30 votes

    First post, roast me

    Definitely a welcome change from new posters saying "please go easy"

    Take my upvote

    • +11 votes

      Not a roast, but ok

    • +2 votes

      missed opportunity, should be,
      "first post, please roast".

  • +5 votes

    Dang. For Mac Minis, I wish these rams could be upgraded. Ok with the storage though.

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    But can't stack with gift cards like at JB

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      You can price match at jb

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      Does JB has changed its policy to allow only up to $500 GC value can be accepted in one transaction?

      • +1 vote

        I bought something yesterday using 20 GCs worth $2k, so there’s no cap.

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          It's good to know. Cheers!

      • +1 vote

        Just today I used 2x $500 cards.

  • +2 votes

    Not a bad price.

    Can also try AEU store $1717.10
    https://www.apple.com/au_edu_5000447/shop

    Bought one last week and no proof required online. Picked up in person and no proof asked for either. But T&C does say they might audit you later.

    • -1 vote

      It's a risky move but it is a good price. However, the Apple store is currently offering apple gift cards on their eligible products. Plus, if you are using Cashrewards, you can get 8% cashback.

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        audit my @ss dont even provide ur real name lol

      • +2 votes

        That 8% cash back offer is terrible.

        MPORTANT - These products & services are ineligible for cashback until further notice: new MacBook Air with M1, new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1, new Mac mini with M1, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, HomePod Mini, MagSafe chargers, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, 8th generation iPad, all-new iPad Air, 27-inch iMac, Mac Pro (console), Pro Display XDR, Bose products, Gift Cards, Gift Wrap, iTunes, Shipping, Apple Developer Programs, AppleCare products purchased individually or after the applicable product has been shipped. (Exclusions updated 11/11/20).

      • +3 votes

        Both the apple gift cards and cash back exclude the latest M1 MacBooks.

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    Can anyone recommend a monitor for a MAC Mini?

    • +2 votes

      For macOS you'd better get a monitor with more than 180ppi (24-inch 4K) for sharp text and smooth UI element. I recommend Dell P2415Q. It's a bit pricy but the colour is good. Going down a tier you have Acer EK241QK. Very cheap. But the colour RED is nowhere near P2415Q and it almost look like orange. If you sacrifise ppi then you have plenty of options at 27-inch 4K monitors.

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      LG 27UK850-W 27" HDR Computer Monitor 4K UHD FreeSync with USB-C DP HDMI IPS

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    For those with one near, Officeworks have the smaller Macbook Air same price or $5 more for the 512GB

    Officeworks 256GB
    Officeworks 512GB

    These are probably real nice for new students / professionals who are needing a new device. I've had no dramas working with Big Sur as a tech since the release.

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      Possibility of OW price beat?

  • +3 votes

    Just keep in mind the RAM is non-expandable and it's only 8GB. Cutting it close for a 2020 laptop in my opinion.

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      The M1 chip utilises unified memory. So it’s more like 16gb of traditional memory.

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      The M1 chip utilises unified memory. So it’s more like 16gb of traditional memory.

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        No it is not.

        Show me how running 2 virtual machines and FCPX with 8GB is the same as with 16GB of physical memory.

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      Does anyone know if the M1 chip utilises unified memory? So it would be more like 16gb of traditional memory?

      • +2 votes

        I have the base model MBA M1 (8gb 256gb) arrived on launch day with education discount (they didn't check me).
        Can confirm 8gb ram handles ANYTHING I throw at it and I'm a tab whore… I haven't gone above 50% memory pressure and that's with heaps of tabs and messenger app and a bunch of other random things.

        I friggen love this computer… I bought and returned both the March 2020 MBA and MPB 13" top spec…. didn't like the fan and didn't like the heat it generated.

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          I got the MBP 512gb M1 and have absolutely no regrets. The active cooling gives a bit more headroom for thermals in all senses.

          Having said that, I don't even think the fan has activated once and the Air most likely would've been fine. Note there is a difference in the Air 256gb and 512gb model where the 512gb also gains an extra GPU core similar to the Pro.

          I concur on your comments, it's an amazing piece of hardware and battery life is like no other machine that i've had. Handles anything I throw at it instantly. I've seen complaints about Big Sur but haven't noticed a single issue. I wouldn't say I'm a power user, and I'm also pretty fresh to MacOS. I'm using it for work applications and some light gaming and have not experienced a single issue with performance or compatibility.

        • -1 vote

          so you browse the web?

      • +3 votes

        Memory die size won't lie. It's still 8 GB of LPDDR4 memory. However, the UMA can achieve over 60 GB/s transfer speed, which is equivalent to 4000+ MHz dual channel DDR4 memory. Some of the replies under your comments don't reflect actually memory intensive work. Many tabs do mean lots of memory but they are not simultaneously used at the same time. Apple's memory swap algorithm and memory compression helped a lot for this type of use cases. Half of the memory pressure is pretty unhealthy actually. The real indicator is how much are currently swapped to SSD. If you absolutely need more memory that has to be accessed at the same time then get 16GB. Most likely you won't actually need 16GB and 8GB will do just fine and provide good experience when coupled with swap and memory compression.

  • +1 vote

    Whats the better buy MBA 512gb or MBP 256gb?

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      256gb then buy samsung T5 or T7 external USB C drives… can't go wrong as they are so much cheaper.

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        Samsung X5 supports Thunderbolt 3

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      If you plan to do light gaming then the 512gb gains an extra GPU core and handles much like the MBP in those areas

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        actually I just realised you can configure the 512 in both a 7 core and 8 core option. saves about 80 bucks

  • +1 vote

    You're gayer than Oscar, boom roasted

  • +6 votes

    I'm by no means a fan of Apple or their ecosystem/OS etc… Been on PC's since apple IIe. I finally got approval at work to get one of these for my team to play with and basically said install everything we usually do on our intel based apple macs… every single application from vpn to antivirus to adobe (not yet native) just works and works seamlessly with rosetta 2… Being in IT for half my life and i have to take my hat off to Apple, it is crazy feat to. For things like vpn clients and antivirus to work in emulation mode without any issues or noticeable performance issue is something else… Well done Apple! They deserve every praise they get…

    Also if anyone else is wondering it is no different on Windows based network environment, adding to AD, network shares etc etc…

  • +2 votes

    As a programmer, I need 16G RAM… Sigh

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      Outrageous. You wouldn't have lasted two seconds back in the days of the Commodore 64!

      Uber-efficient programming saw them cram full WYSIWYG word-processing / publishing suites like GEOS in less than 64kb…

    • +1 vote

      You can get the 16GB configure air for $1641 via https://www.apple.com/au_edu_5000447/shop/buy-mac/macbook-ai...

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        Thank you. Will order one :)

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        @becku how does that work? do you have to prove your eligibility to AOC at purchase?

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          I bought one and they didn't check eligibility. I just log into my usual apple id account and bought it. I heard they do random check and will cancel your order if you can't provide an edu email but they don't that to all orders

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    Anyone ordered MBP 16GB from Apple directly? Wondering if the shipping timelines in the order email is correct or can they ship earlier as well?

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    Do you guys also add on the Apple care + or use your own insurance ?

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      Ordered from applecare AOC edu site and got Mac Air base model + Apple care.

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        @UncleRico how does that work? do you have to prove your eligibility to AOC at purchase?

        • -2 votes

          I'm not entirely sure.

          Just clicked on the link below which was posted in here at some stage and ordered. No need to put in any credentials or qualifying email address. No checks or auditing. New air was delivered a week later at $1381 instead of $1599 (plus applecare+ which is well overpriced at$280ish, but I was content to pay after receiving the discount.for the laptop).

          https://www.apple.com/au_edu_5000447/shop/buy-mac/macbook-ai...