My thoughts on the M1 chip: I bought my current MacBook Pro four years ago, and got all the upgrades in terms of CPU, GPU and RAM (but not SSD). Compared to the new MacBook Air with no fan, it’s garbage. And costs about €2,000 less.
I bought my previous MacBook Pro hoping for four years of work, but it lasted seven years. I bought this MacBook expecting four years, but hoping for seven years again. Without this Apple Silicon transition, it might have made it seven years, but when such a huge step change is possible, it’s hard to hold out.
Due to not actually traveling at the moment, I only want a home workstation. The new M1 Mac Mini would be great, but there seems to be space above the current M1 Mac Mini for more RAM, more ports, etc. So the M2 or the M1XZX chip in a space grey Mac Mini, if it comes out next year, might be my next work machine.