Some report that macOS 12.3 might “brick” Macs with motherboard replacements

According to forum thread there is an issue with macOS 12.3 affecting MacBook Pro 14" and 16" models which had motherboard replacements.

There is a firmware bug in Mac OS 12.3 that renders the update impossible to install on any 2021 14 or 16 inch MacBook Pro that has had it's logic board replaced.

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Apple Developer Forums: Monterey Beta Bricking 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro

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Benchmarks show performance comparison between Intel’s Adler Lake Core i9-12900HK and M1 Max

Benchmarks confirm that new Intel Adler Lake Core i9 chip is actually faster than Apple's M1 Max. By 4 (four) percent.

Geekbench 5 results show that the GE76 Raider with the Core i9-12900HK processor has an average multi-core score of 12,707, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip has an average multi-core score of 12,244. This means the Core i9 processor is around 4% faster than the M1 Max chip in this particular comparison.

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Moreover, comparison also show that Intel's chip taking 100 watts with spikes up to 140 watts and spinning cooler fans quite loudly, while M1 Max MacBook takes only 40 watts.

However, it is needed to be mentioned that tests also show that discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti card actually significantly outperforms M1 Max's integrated graphic.

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Apple Silicon Macs are quickly taking enterprise share

Jamf report shows quick adoption of Apple Silicon Macs in enterprise.

In just one year, Jamf customers have deployed one million Macs powered by a chip in the M1 family. Nearly three quarters (74%) of Jamf customers have at least one Mac with M1 managed, with MacBook Air being the most popular model.

Jamf press release

Jamf press release: Jamf Announces it Has Helped Customers Deploy One Million Macs Powered by the M1 Family of Chips

Reference: Apple Silicon Macs seeing quick uptake among enterprise users, Jamf reveals

New MacBook Pro 16″ with M1 MAX processor will feature High Power Mode

New macOS 12 Monterey will feature High Power mode (as an opposite to Low Power mode) for intensive workloads.

Your Mac will optimize performance to better support resource-intensive tasks. This may result in louder fan noise.

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Interestingly, reports claim that High Power mode will be limited to MacBook Pro 16" and not 14" model.

Apple announces new MacBooks, AirPods 3 and new HomePod mini color options

Apple held "Unleashed." special event. During this event there were couple of important announcements made.

Important highlights:

  • New MacBook Pro models 14" and 16" featuring M1 Pro and M1 Max chips;
  • M1 Pro supports up to 32GB of RAM, features 8 high performance cores and 2 high efficiency cores and 16 graphic cores;
  • M1 Max supports up to 64GB of RAM, features 8 high performance cores and 2 high efficiency cores and up to 32 graphic cores;
  • New MacBooks feature HDMI port, SDXD card reader, MagSafe 3 power connector and 3 Thunderbolt/USB-C ports.
  • MacBooks now have up to 8TB of storage options;
  • New MacBook Pro feature Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion support (with up to 120Hz refresh rate);
  • New AirPods 3 feature AirPods Pro like design and spatial audio support, but without noise cancellation;
  • Apple quietly adds new charging case for AirPods Pro with MagSafe support;
  • New "Voice plan" is announced for Apple Music in select countries featuring lower price tier and Siri support;
  • New color options are announced for HomePod mini.

MacBooks, AirPods, HomePod minis are available for pre-order.