20 useful features on MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1

MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1 after the launch have made a strong impression on the technology market and received a lot of advice from experts. The version has brought a leap in performance and battery life compared to the competition.

1. Install iPhone and iPad apps on MacBook
The SoC M1 chip uses the same architecture as the A-Series chip on iPhone and iPad. This means you can run iPhone and iPad apps on MacBook Air and Pro running M1 chips.

To install, just go to the Mac App Store, then choose the app for iPhone / iPad. This installs the same way you would any other Mac app and open it through Spotlight Search or Launchpad.

However, whether the iPhone or iPad apps work on a Mac will depend on whether the app developer updates his app or not. So there may be many apps you still can’t find on the Mac App Store.

2. Use Touch (Touch Alternatives)
If all the iPhone and iPad apps installed on the Mac are designed to be used on the touch screen… something your MacBook M1 obviously doesn’t have.

To solve this problem, Apple has integrated Touch Alternatives. This is a set of touchpad gestures and keyboard button combinations that you can use to interact with those apps.

Alternatively, you can bring up this set of guides by selecting the Touch Alternatives option from the app’s menu bar.

3. Adjust the keyboard backlight
Apple has removed the brightness adjustment key on the keyboard of the MacBook Air M1. So if you want to change the brightness you have to use Control Center in the menu bar.

As for the MacBook Pro M1 version, you can still set up or down the brightness shortcut on the Touch Bar toolbar.

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4. How to add icons to the menu bar
This is one of the new features of macOS Big Sur operating system. So of course all Mac M1s support this feature.

On macOS Big Sur Apple has grouped most of the icons into the Control Center, the Menu bar is neatly designed but makes accessing the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth menu difficult.

However, Apple allows you to drag icons out of the Control Center, and you can put them back in the menu bar.

5. Spell, Spotlight and Do Not Disturb feature
Apple has removed the keyboard backlight control from the function row on the MacBook Air M1 instead for other useful macOS functions like: Dictation, Spotlight, and Do Not Disturb

To use the feature you can activate Spelling and Do Not Disturb just by pressing F5 and F6. Additionally, the F4 key (which previously opened Launchpad) will now bring up Spotlight Search.

6. Sleep mode on MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1
Like iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1 devices also offer instant boot in sleep mode. You can try out the date feature right away by opening and closing the lid.

Besides making the boot faster, it also helps to save battery power.

7. Install battery percentage display
The MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1 by default will not display the battery percentage in the menu bar. However, you can show the battery percentage by:

Click the Apple logo in the corner of the screen> Choose System Preferences> Select Dock & Menu Bar> select the Pin item and tick Show Percent.

8. Feature check battery usage statistics
The macOS Big Sur operating system has also brought a new feature that shows battery usage stats, similar to those found on iPhones and iPads.

You can access it by selecting the Battery icon in System Preferences to check. This feature is very helpful in case the battery on your MacBook M1 starts to drop quickly and you can check to find out why.

9. Change the Color of the Icons
By default on macOS Big Sur, the color of the icons in the system settings is blue. However you can reset to your favorite color.

To set up this utility, you go to: System Options> General settings to set up colors.

10. Disable background color on MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1
If you don’t like the background color in your MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1, you can change it by going to: System Preferences> General> and unchecking the option Allow background coloring in the window.

11. Effective notification management
macOS Big Sur comes with an improved Notification Center. This feature helps users to more easily handle the messages.

You can also customize notifications quickly by right-clicking on them or the notification stack from a specific app. Here you have the option to turn off future application notifications or receive notifications in silence.

12. Check application compatibility with Mac M1
As you know, not every application is updated to be optimized for the M1 processor. To check if a particular application has native support for the M1 chip or not?

To check you need to go to Applications folder> Right click on the application> choose Get info, you will get the Universal or Intel application information.

13. Always update the application
If you use a MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1 you should regularly update your application to new versions because it is likely that those updates are released to optimize the M1 processor.

To update you go to the Mac App Store and switch to the Updates tab to install the latest updates. If you downloaded an app from outside the Mac App Store, try searching for an option to update within the app itself.

14. Manage and edit widgets
The macOS Big Sur version comes with iPhone-like gadgets, and you can access them via the Notification Center on your MacBook.

While you can’t drag widgets off the screen or stack them on top of each other, you can go to the widget library to add and remove widgets and easily choose between different sizes.

Alternatively, you can right-click on any widget and switch between sizes without having to dive into the widget library.

In some widgets you also have an Edit Add-on menu option that allows you to change the way it works. For example, you can use it to change the time zone in the World Clock widget.

15. Add third-party widgets
You can also install a myriad of widget-enabled third-party apps with just one quick go to the App Store.

16. Improve performance when using Safari
In macOS Big Sur, Safari received a significant performance change that made it up to 50% faster than Chrome. So, you can smoothly open dozens of tabs in Safari.

17. Watch YouTube in 4K format
Safari also supports YouTube in 4K format thanks to the M1 chip on the MacBook so fast it can handle multiple streams of 2160p video.

18. Customize Safari
Safari comes with a fully customizable Start Page that makes it easy to customize according to your personality. Just select the Custom icon in the lower right corner of the screen and quickly enable or disable sections such as Favorites, Frequent Access, Privacy Report …

19. Edit Videos in the Photos App
iMovie or Final Cut Pro are the best video editing apps available for Mac. However, in case you do not need to edit too much or you need to do it quickly, the Photos app helps you do that too.

20. Update MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1
The MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1 are great devices. However, they are still relatively new and may experience bugs, glitches, and stability issues during use.

So, please turn on automatic system update so that your computer is always up to date with the latest software versions for Mac M1.

It must be confirmed that the MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1, although not focused on design changes, but in return is extremely strong performance. Besides, there are useful features to help optimize the user experience better.

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