It has been a while since I wrote about my experience with the 2020 Mac Mini M1 computer. It has been about six months of owning this machine. The best part of it is the performance. Unfortunately, I have run into a very annoying issue. Well, there are two significant flaws in the machine that has caused more than headaches.
Bluetooth does not work.
I do not know what the deal is, but the Bluetooth just isn’t working for me. To use external speakers, I have to use an aux cable or corded headphones. I just brushed it off, thinking Apple would release an update to fix this issue only to find no solution in sight. Bluetooth keyboard and mouse work but it won’t let me connect to Bluetooth speakers.
Mac Mini keeps crashing every time I put her to sleep.
I usually set my machine to sleep at night with my work open to continue the next day. Everything worked fine until a few weeks after owning the device. That was when it first started crashing. It constantly crashes when set to sleep mode or inactive past 15 minutes. I’ve sent over 30 debug reports to Apple regarding these crashes. Using the latest macOS Big Sur Version 11.3.1, it still crashes. Thoughts kept coming if I should return this device. That was until I found a solution that worked for me.
How to keep the 2020 Mac Mini M1 from crashing?
I am using an app from the App Store named, Owly. This app has made my experience with the Mac Mini so much better.
Right-click to enable the app and set it for “Eternity” mode. This will keep your Mac on 24/7.
Here I can set my Mac into sleep mode and continue my work without it crashing upon wake up. I have not had one crash since.
I hope that Apple has a fix for this, and I do not have the same experience when I upgrade to the next MacBook Pro that is rocking the M1X chip by end of 2021.
Other than those two big annoyances, this machine is solid.