Does the M2 Make Your Mac Computer Obsolete? [v]

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[ This is an excerpt from a recent on-line webinar: “Ask Larry Anything!” which is available as a download in our store, or as part of our Video Training Library. ]


One of our favorite – and most wide-ranging – sessions returns with “Ask Larry Anything!” Presented by Larry Jordan, this is a free-form conversation based on questions submitted by viewers. In this short video, Larry talks about Mac obsolescence and whether the new Apple silicon computers make older systems obsolete.


Does the M2 Make Your Mac Computer Obsolete?

TRT: 6:51 — MPEG-4 HD movie



One of our favorite – and most wide-ranging – sessions returns with “Ask Larry Anything!” Presented by Larry Jordan, this is a free-form conversation based on questions submitted by viewers.

This session looks at computer obsolescence, system performance, and optimizing storage. Specifically:


These questions span a range from beginner to intermediate. Subjects change quickly, so if you aren’t interested in the current question, another will be along in a few minutes.

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8 Responses to Does the M2 Make Your Mac Computer Obsolete? [v]

  1. Oscar Bustamante says:

    You’re the best Larry! Thank you for being of great service & heart for we techies!!

  2. Dirk Baumann says:

    Dear Larry:

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate and value your
    knowledge base, hard work, information that we can not
    live without and your dedication. I do not know where
    I would be without your teachings over the years.

    Despite all the technology I can not see the business
    world understanding and using the video technology
    according to the changes in the business field.

    What happened to the subject of interactive technology
    in the business world where the video and film technology would pay off big time.

    I can not help to admire the fact you look like you are getting younger. Maybe you should share the secret.

    Thank You for everything you do and have done.
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    Best Wishes

    Dirk Baumann

    • Larry Jordan says:


      Thanks for the kind words! Business views new technology both as good news and bad. And adoption goes in waves. Look at the hype from 360° VR a couple of years ago vs. today.

      AR/VR is now the rage, but how will that play out?

      However, looking at the number of videos posted to social media and used in email marketing, I think the business world has a pretty good idea of how well video does in conveying their message.


  3. Norris W Tidwell says:

    Thanks for addressing my question Larry. I was very concerned that M1 would die this fall when Apple might release a MacBook pro M2. But I know that is not happening and that support will be there for the M1 at least for the next 7 to 8 years.

    • Larry says:


      It is an excellent question – and I was happy to answer it. (Sorry for giving it such a dramatic reading…!)

      Of course Apple is working on new chips. That’s what Apple does. However, while there was a significant performance improvement when the M1 Pro/Max came out, compared to Intel, we won’t see anything nearly that dramatic with the M2. In fact, my guess is that for “real-world work” you won’t be able to tell the different between an M1 Max and M2 Max. Why? Because the software we use today is not taking full advantage of all the power in the M1. Editing itself doesn’t need all that power.

      So, while chips will improve, you’ll be happily editing on that hardware for years to come.


  4. Lee Friedman says:

    Much of what you said is quite true. I’m a computer engineer and nature photographer/videographer. I own a Mac Studio M1 Max with 10 Cores. In my performance measurements running Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop and Davinci Resolve, I find that only the first 4 cores are being taxed. The others are running low utilization on background tasks (system maintenance, emails, daemons, etc…). So even whe I am pushing the limits, the system I have (and am very satisfied with) is underutilized. I suspect as the software vendors get more familiar with the new multicore programming methods and the development tools get better, they will take more advantage of the system to provide more speed and more features.

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