Twitter is deploying M1 Max Apple Silicon-based MacBook Pros to its iOS and Android engineers for app development.
The deployment was by John Szumski, a senior staffer at Twitter for the company’s mobile platforms. Szumski tweeted that Twitter will be rolling out fully-maxed-out MacBook Pros to all of its iOS and Android engineers. Szumski said that the company was “seeing improvements in both top-line performance and thermal throttling that currently plague our Intel builds.”
I'm excited to be rolling out fully loaded M1 Max MBPs to all of Twitter's iOS & Android engineers! We're seeing improvements in both top line performance and thermal throttling that currently plague our Intel builds.
— John Szumski (@jszumski) November 5, 2021
Reddit is apparently making a similar move, as Jameson, a staff engineer at Reddit, said that the new MacBook Pros have cut Reddit’s app build time by 50%, yielding improved productivity for engineers. Breaking down the cost of deploying new MacBook Pros to Reddit’s engineers, Jameson said, “for a team of 9, $32k of laptops will actually save $100k in productivity over 2022.”
We recently found that the new 2021 M1 MacBooks cut our Android build times in half.
So for a team of 9, $32k of laptops will actually save $100k in productivity over 2022. The break-even point happens at 3 months.
TL;DR Engineering hours are much more expensive than laptops!
— Jameson (@softwarejameson) November 3, 2021
Apple had promoted the new MacBook Pro models with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips as being a boon for developers. Apple’s tests showed the 10-core CPU M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the large 16-inch MacBook Pro offer 3.7x faster Xcode build times than the 8-core Intel i9 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple also said the new chips allow developers to “compile up to four times as much code in Xcode” on a single battery charge.