Make a smooth transition to Apple silicon

Take Control of
Your M-Series Mac

Glenn Fleishman

This book teaches you everything you need to know about hardware and related software changes in Apple’s new M1- and M2-series Apple silicon Macs to make a transition from an Intel Mac, set up security with new options, create effective backups, and work with new options in recovery mode. Glenn Fleishman takes you through the details of how an M-series Mac handles startup, battery management, and running iOS, iPadOS, and Windows apps. Covers the 2020–22 Apple M1- and M2-series Macs: the Mac mini, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models (featuring the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip), and the Mac Studio (with the M1 Max or M1 Ultra chip).

All Take Control books are delivered in two ebook formats—PDF and EPUB—and can be read on nearly any device.


Apple’s new Macs based on the M1- and M2-series Apple silicon system-on-a-chip offer remarkable advances in performance, battery life, and memory utilization. With those improvements comes a host of changes in hardware, from how a Mac starts up to making backups of your computer to understanding fundamental aspects of system security. Take Control of Your M-Series Mac teaches you everything you need to know about these topics and much more.

You’ll learn not just how to make a bootable clone of your Mac on an external drive, but whether it’s necessary with Monterey or Big Sur and an M1- or M2-series Mac. Find out how to make a clean transition from an Intel Mac, while taking advantage of installing and running iOS and iPadOS apps natively within macOS. You’ll also learn the early method of running Windows on an M1 or M2 Mac, with notions of what’s to come.

If you’ve already bought an M1- or M2-series Mac and want to get more out of it, or you’re considering a purchase and trying to understand what you need to know, Take Control of Your M-Series Mac will fit your needs. NOTE: This book is intended for people who are already familiar with Macs. It is not a beginner’s guide, nor is it a complete user manual. Its focus is on what’s different about M-series Macs compared to Intel-based Macs.

For anyone seriously considering getting an M1 Mac, and everyone who has one already (including me), this is the essential guide and reference. If you don’t buy it, you’ll regret it.
Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

Future plans: This book will be updated as Apple releases updated features for existing M1 and M2 Macs and new Macs based on its M-series processors.

Here’s what you will learn from this book:

  • Get to know the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, and M2 processors, and what’s so different about them
  • Understand the limits of emulation
  • Control how apps for Intel Macs and universal Intel/M-series apps launch on an M-series Mac
  • Learn the complexities of backing up an M-series Mac
  • Decide whether you need a bootable duplicate of your startup volume
  • Maximize battery life and longevity
  • Work with recoveryOS, a substantially different process with an M-series Mac
  • Walk through a new process of reviving or restoring low-level firmware on a non-responsive Mac
  • Manage system security when you need to work with kernel extensions
  • Install and run iOS and iPadOS apps
  • Learn the current limits of using Windows in macOS on an M1- and M2-series system
Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

What’s New in Version 1.5.1

This version adds the link to the App Store download for Ventura.

What’s New in Version 1.5

This update brings this book in line with the upcoming release of macOS 13 Ventura, expected in September or October 2022. Updates were made using stable beta releases. This book will updated after the production release of Ventura if further changes appear.

I’ve made changes throughout to reflect the new System Settings, which replaces the long-running System Preferences in macOS, as well as other interface-related changes. A few specific changes include:

  • Battery: The Battery panel in Ventura reorganized information from how it appeared in Monterey. See “Examine Your Charging in macOS.”
  • FileVault: Apple redid the layout for Security & Privacy in Ventura: it’s now Privacy & Security and has all the settings in a single long view. See “Enable and Manage FileVault” for the rundown on how to access FileVault settings now.
  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • What’s New in Version 1.5.1
    • What Was New in Version 1.5
    • What Was New in Version 1.4
    • What Was New in Version 1.3
  • Introduction
  • M-Series Quick Start
  • Learn M-Series Details
    • How Apple Silicon Works
    • How Security Is Baked In
  • Migrate from an Intel Mac
    • Pick the Right New Hardware
    • Run Old and New Code
  • Back Up Your M-Series Mac
    • Learn About Drive Structure in macOS
    • Make a Backup
    • Restore Fully from a Backup
  • Work with Extended Battery Life
    • How Batteries Charge and Cycle
    • Get To Know Fast Charging and MagSafe 3
    • Examine Your Charging in macOS
    • Use a Third-Party Battery Utility
  • Understand recoveryOS
    • Restart in recoveryOS
    • Reinstall with the Personalization Error
    • Revive or Restore a Startup Volume
  • Manage System Security
    • Protect a Drive with FileVault
    • Control macOS’s System Integrity
    • Modify Startup Security with a Utility
  • Launch iOS and iPadOS Apps on Your Mac
    • Find and Install Mobile Apps
    • Use Mobile Apps
  • Install and Use Windows
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

Glenn Fleishman talks M-series Macs (and much more) on The Talk Show

Posted by Joe Kissell on April 30, 2021

Glenn joined host John Gruber on The Talk Show to talk about, among many other things, Apple’s latest hardware.

Glenn Fleishman discusses M-series Macs, securing your Mac, Apple ID and more

Posted by Joe Kissell on April 23, 2021

Glenn Fleishman joined Chuck Joiner on MacVoices in a massive, three-part series to discuss updates to several of his books, including Take Control of Your M-Series Mac, Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Take Control of Your Apple ID, and Take Control of Home Security Cameras. The three episodes are:

You can also watch them right here:


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