This is an update on my experience with the M1 Mini.
It was working surprisingly normally..for the first couple of OS updates. I'd read about HDMI connectivity issues, but they never occurred here…until the last couple of OS updates. The simple fix is to reach over and unplug and replug it in, and the desktop is there. Apple is aware of this problem. I don't completely understand what broke n the updates, but that's what's happening on that front.
Agan, after the latest OS updates, trying to use Logic in Native mode while using Intel plugins have led to what I assume people call memory leaks. A few times I've received a popup message telling me that memory was short and did I want to use the SSD swap. That never once happened with the earlier versions of Big Sur. This was on a relatively small project.
The Mini boots about 4-5 seconds slower than with earlier v. of Big Sur. About 20 secs now. I'm also getting spinning beachballs when attempting to click on certain things. That also did not happen before.
Finally, the issue with no software monitoring while play is engaged on audio tracks has not been solved. I'm certain that this also didn't happen before.
Weird scenes inside the goldmine, dudes and dudettes.
2020 M1 Mini, macOS 11.4, Logic 10.6.3, RME FF802, Novation 61SL Mk II. Martins and Fenders and Gibsons, oh my!