Hold Still: M1 iMac REACTION | Apple Event Recap/Review | M1 iPad Pro

Hi everyone.
Apple just wrapped up their keynote event.
It was only an hour long but it was very fast
paced, very exciting with a lot of announcements;
lets break it down together and as always
this is not one way conversation; drop a comment
down below and let me know your thoughts about
the event as we work through this together.
Now I have the notes here on my Computer and
I’m going to go through them in that order.
Let’s get started with the new Apple TV Remote.
thank god.
I don’t even care about the new TV itself;
it does what it says on the tin.
The new a12 processor, HDR.
Let’s talk remote; €65 euro, it’s quite
it’s Worth it for those buying a new Apple
TV, their upgrading from the 3rd generation
1080p or perhaps your not even an Apple TV
user and this is your first one.
I think when it’s built into the price of
getting an Apple TV it’s really great but
for those who already have an Apple TV like
a 4k one it’s not worth the 65 euro please
do not pay that and get a third party one
from another manufacturer.
I actually use my iPhone;

I’ve got good
at using the iPhone to control the AppleTV
because you can launch it from control centre
but I know that isn’t for everyone.
But do not spend on a 65 euro on a new Apple
TV remote even though it actually is quite
good because they fixed it; it’s adequate.
What I am quite excited about are Air Tags,
I think these are quite decent.
Very much I feel like the HomePod mini in
that these are essential IOT’s Internet
of things Apple are selling that Apple have
to be very competitive of pricing in this
matter with other manufacturers and brands
because it’s still emerging even more so than
when apple announced the iPad back in 2010
IOT’s is a harder sell mostly because it’s
ambient Computing which is always harder to
sell; people have to use it first and see
how it enhances their life.
I do think being able to engrave and customise
with Emoji’s is absolutely fantastic.
I love the efforts Apple are making on personalisation
and doing it on the more personal products
like AirPods and Apple Watch.
Also the batteries are replaceable on AirTag,
I assume with those CMOS batteries the CR2032
so these aren’t disposable you don’t have
to buy a new airtag every year you can just
get a new battery.
I think these will be a big hit for Pet owners
for collars and I think you will see these
propagate faster around the world than expected
again like AirPods how they became an overnight
sensation I actually do think Airtags low
key will be very very popular.
This is a 2nd recording I completely forgot
Apple announced a purple iPhone; if you want
one go get one it does what it says on the
tin it completely went over my head.
Now the part of the keynote I was most excited
for is the new 24” M1 iMac.
I didn’t plan on buying one before the keynote
and while watching it I was like dammit which
colour should I buy but now that I have time
to reflect because the keynote was very exciting
and fast paced while I think it’s a great
Computer it’s surprising opaque, well transparent
about showing the limitations of the M1 chip.
To begin with the iMac doesn’t have an SD
card reader; the Mac mini doesn’t have one
either so I have to assume at this point it’s
a limitation of M1’s design in that it requires
a Hub or USB type controller to operate an
SD card reader.
I do think it’s interesting that only 2
of the 4 USB C ports are Thunderbolt enabled,
even though the other ports are USB 4 which
I thought in itself was Thunderbolt because
they said USB 4 and thunderbolt would be one
and the same so we are already starting to
have some confusion about the differences
there because I thought USB 4 was all about
unifying IO yet here we are seeing apple put
thunderbolt both in the iMac and iPad Pro
which I’ll discuss soon.
It’s also relatively pricy; I want to be
clear you do get a lot of bang for your buck
it’s a very fast system I have the Mac mini
with same specs and it delivers but it’s
still begins at €1499.
The next option is €1719 euros and all it
adds there is a touch ID keyboard, ethernet
and some more USB ports and new colours.
I would have been much more on board with
more storage over higher end Touch ID keyboard;
I’m very interested to see what build to
order options looks like but that wasn’t
available when I recorded the video.
For many it might be a situation of getting
the base model iMac with either more ram or
more storage.
Speaking of which Comparing iMac prices is
also more complicated because you really can’t
compare to this to the previous iMac which
I know it’s replacing but to begin with
it’s a bigger size screen right.
So seeing this base model package for €1499
is actually pretty good when you consider
you get the same storage and Ram and even
a slower processor on the base 27” iMac
the Intel Model for €2000 euro.
I think what’s putting me slightly off is
the up-sell of the iMac to get the touch ID
keyboard because we know Apple is working
on Face ID for the Mac Computers.
Frankly I think most people would be better
off buying the base model iMac and getting
an Apple Watch.
With the Apple watch you can sign into your
Computer from the Apple Watch and it’s only
about a 100 bucks more than the spec’ed up
iMac with Touch ID keyboard.
Of course get the cheaper iMac and an Apple
watch to treat yourself to all the amazing
features that it has along with having a smart
watch right, that’s what my financial advice
would be if you’re considering purchasing
one of these.
It was also really interesting to see Apple
talk a lot about continuity which brings me
to the audience this is for and it’s firmly
for regular Computer users.
These are iPad and iPhone customers who may
still own a Windows PC and with the slick
design and features they focused on; it’s
clear they’re revamping their efforts to convert
even more people to the Mac.
I feel like for the past few years Apple was
like come over to the Mac if you want to but
with the new iMac design and what they focused
on their quite aggressive at getting those
PC converts.
We know a big working revolution is coming;
a lot of businesses are deciding to permanently
stay working from home or have a mix.
Logitech and Microsoft went on the record
of being excited with record sales of Webcams
and other devices and Microsoft Teams and
other services and Apple wants to be there
too with a really great designed product that
fits into people’s home offices, bedrooms
and dens they have their own personality.
On that note I would like to touch on the
design quite quickly; I like the design Apple
went with and even keeping the Chin of the
Since the ports are still on the back you
frankly need somewhere to grab onto while
plugging things in; any iMac user will tell
you that plugging USB cables into your iMac
is not elegant and you do twist and turn the
Computer to plug in accessories so I’m a
fan of the chin.
I am going to be very interested to see if
the hinge of the iMac can withstand the stress
of twisting and turning it because you would
be plugging things in and out quite a few
times throughout the week if not daily.
I think it’s not the obvious design choice
but it’s still aesthetically beautiful so
I’m a fan of the chin.
What I am not a fan of however is the external
power brick; even the freaking PS5 and Xbox
Series X has managed to put their power bricks
inside and you kept the chin so there was
room but here we are.
There is an external power brick.
Their feature is it has ethernet and it will
keep wires off your desk but where is the
10 Gig ethernet option.
I think like the Mac mini this is a M1 limitation.
If the €1719 euro upsell had 10 Gig ethernet
along with the extra USB ports I would have
been totally onboard I really would have if
it had 10 gig ethernet I think we could have
had something there, base model no ethernet;
the next up sell ethernet as standard; 10
I also love the colours and the bright bezel.
Green, Pink, Yellow and Silver are my favourite.
I really like the Yellow; reminds me of being
a child and given a Yellow Gameboy colour
I had a yellow one.
I know most like things darker I know MBKHD
wants everything to be matte black but I really
hope we see more colour options like this
on the new MacBook Pro’s even if it’s
just a gold option I’m really tired of dark
computers, black and really dark space grey
things I hated my space grey MacBook Pro I
want a Computer that can lift the space I’m
working in and I’m hopeful we will see that
as even the new iPad Pro got a white Magic
That brings me to the iPad Pro.
This one is more straight forward to discuss
with you’s because it’s a really solid upgrade.
M1 is super fast it will perform fantastic
on iPad Pro, apparently battery life is still
as good as ever and I am very excited about
this Pro Display XDR; we need more clarification
from Apple that if we can plug this into our
Mac with Thunderbolt; can we use it as SideCar
with accurate colour reproduction.
That would be very exciting.
This could be a fantastic consumer level reference
monitor emphasis on Consumer clearly not competing
with Flanders Scientific but we need to be
able to use Pro-Display XDR on iPad Pro in
these type of scenarios if Apple wants to
see more HDR Content being made.
It’s also interesting it can now be upgraded
to 2TB of storage because I have the 2018
iPad here in 256GB and I never get anywhere
close to filling it up.
It’s interesting because there’s obviously
some user demand there for the 2TB some people
must be buying the 1.5TB model if it’s worth
it in their favour to make a 2TB one.
For me, the scanerio where I can see the iPad
being versatile is being my ultimate YouTube
and Netflix and Chill device but also being
able to use it as Sidecar to be a HDR Reference
Slip it in and out to my tech workflows in
all these different ways.
I think it would be great for consumer and
low end projects where you don’t need a Flanders
scientific monitor and something extremely
colour accurate because your not working on
something high budget.
My actual favourite thing about the new iPad
Pro is the new white magic keyboard it is
so beautiful; a great bright design language
for the iPad but I do wish we got function
row keys there’s still no function row keys;
I think if apple had it white with function
row keys it would have been so good, so good!
And yeah I know I kinda raced through that
but I wanted to keep it paced like the keynote
I loved the mission impossible reference there
are always a fan of mission impossible they
referenced it quite a few times throughout
apples entire keynote history even back to
Steve Jobs that’s their soft spot for media
franchise not a marvel movie or anything but
do drop a comment below and let me know what
your thoughts were about each section because
now I am going to talk about my own reflection
and while it was very exciting keynote I actually
think unless you easily fit into the products
Apple announced today I am declaring that
people hold still because I see an even more
exciting future ahead.
This Pro-Display Mini LED technology is really
exciting and I am very excited about that
future MacBook Pro re-design with Apple Silicon
and Mini LED display.
I am also saying to hold still because I want
to see if a new revision of Apple Silicon
whether it’s called M1X or M2 adds support
for SD cards and works out the first generation
kinks that professionals have observed with
M1; being able to connect multiple monitors;
even 10GB ethernet without a dongle; I really
want to see Apple can do with silicon going
That brings me to my more longer term review
of my Mac mini which I have reviewed on my
channel do check that out.
I do really love it, still as cool as ever
and I’m still editing a heap of projects on
it but I think I will be going back to using
a portable Mac; mainly because the iPad Pro
can’t do everything I need it to do right
now professionally.
I work on video shoots; I’m a producer and
on lower end projects I need a data wrangling
portable and one USB port on the iPad Pro
can’t cut it for me I need at least 2 and
USB Hubs are not reliable.
I want to be clear though this isn’t a failure
on the iPad Pro; for me it was a revelation
when I was in University as an Economics and
Information Computing student in how versatile
it was with Apple Pencil but frankly as our
lives changes and our needs changes lately
it has been reduced to me using it nightly
for Netflix and YouTube as a little portable
viewer screen almost.
I think that’s what’s exciting though
about Apple’s products which I want to make
clear; many people view apple products as
a treadmill that if I buy an iPad I’m on
that upgrade treadmill for life where as I
think now more than ever you can really get
on and get off as it suits you.
They all run similar software and it’s incredibly
easy to use.
If you can use an iPhone you can use an iPad.
you should really be viewing this products,
apple has so many, so many right now as solutions
to your needs and then buying them accordingly.
Again my takeaway is I want this Mini LED
technology on the Mac; it didn’t come to
iMac today; we know it is coming to the MacBooks
I am very excited for that re-design.
So I would say to end it off buy accordingly
to what you need and again if it’s not there
today hold still because I think it will be
coming very shortly I’m going to leave it
at that.
Thank you for tuning in and watching my breakdown,
reaction and review of the Apple Keynote.
I know the production quality today isn’t
up to my usual standards I wanted to just
pull my green screen up and record from my
webcam and record this video quickly and being
able to look at my notes I didn’t have to
memorise anything but subscribe to the channel
and hit the bell to stay tuned for future
videos because honestly I am a big hypocrite
so don’t be surprised in a few weeks if you
see an unboxing of an iMac on the channel
because that yellow one is so pretty.
I just want to play with it; I know it’s not
for me.
It’s so well designed I’m a sucker for that
type of thing but otherwise keep safe and
keep well and I will see you all in a new
video very shortly.

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