Tech Newsletter #3

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Last Updated: Jan 08, 2021

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Hey gang!

The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera system is incredible, and I’m so glad I went for the larger screen size!

To be perfectly honest, I was afraid the Max would be too big and that I’d regret my decision. 

But somehow, the larger screen doesn’t feel too big at all. At least, so long as I don’t slap a case on it.

As I expected, our recent trip to Mexico was a perfect opportunity to put the new iPhone and its triple-lens camera system through the paces. 

I included a couple of shots from the trip in my iPhone 11 Pro vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max comparison, but you can find more photos on my Instagram profile.

The New MacBook Pro Is an Absolute Beast

I also ended up buying a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Apple silicone chip.

My initial idea was to somehow replace my iMac Pro, but I realized that I’d never sell it for enough to recoup the $10,000 investment I put into the machine just last year.

Instead, I sold my old 13-inch MBP and decided to continue with my dual-Mac strategy (an iMac Pro in the office and a MacBook Pro when I work outside the office).

What I can tell you is that the M1 MBP is the first MacBook in years that I truly enjoy working on.

The battery life is insane — so much so that I don’t even think about the charger or the remaining battery life whenever I grab it to get some work done on the patio.

The other thing I really like about the M1-powered MacBook Pro is that it’s whisper-quiet and it doesn’t get hot. It technically has a fan (unlike the MacBook Air), but it never comes on. Or at least, I have never heard it.

Plus, this machine is fast. Its single-core performance, which is important for most of the tasks I do, blows my iMac Pro out of the water. And the multi-core performance isn’t that far behind.

Based on a test I ran in Geekbench, the M1 scored 1,747 and 7,573 points for single-core and multi-core performance. By comparison, my $10,000 iMac Pro scored 1,117 and 9,504. That’s insane!

The bottom line is that I’m really happy with my new MacBook Pro and can’t wait to take it on the road (whenever that might be again).

AirPods Max: I Bit the Bullet

The other day I came back from a CrossFit workout and saw an iMessage from Jim, my editor, asking me if I’d be ordering the new AirPods Max

I didn’t even know what they were until I took a look and realized that he was referring to Apple’s just-announced $550 over-ear headphones. 

My initial thought was, Are you nuts?

But then I remembered that buying overpriced Apple products and reviewing them is kind of what I do. 

So I went ahead and ordered a pair (and so did my editor). By the time this email hits your inbox, I’ll be wearing AirPods Max around the house. So stay tuned for an in-depth review.

And last but not least… 

I got a chance to try out Fitness+, Apple’s new online fitness platform. Surprisingly, I kind of like the idea. 

At first, I thought it was silly and that I wouldn’t use it — but I think I’ll give the Yoga track a try and see how it is. It could be a nice addition to my CrossFit routine.

As always, I’ll let you know what I think.

Happy holidays and happy new year!

Stay safe,
Michael

PS: I also published an in-depth review of the Oura Ring — a sophisticated health tracker. I figured I’d mentioned it in my tech newsletter because it’s a marvel of technology that most techies will appreciate.

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