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MacBook Pro with Apple M1: Specs and price
MacBook Pro with Apple M1: Specs and price

The Popular 13-inch MacBook Pro Gets a New Late 2020 Version Based on the Apple M1 processor The manufacturer wants to ditch Intel chips quickly, and hasn't hesitated to make one of its most successful Macs one of the first to be updated with the Apple M1.

The design of the new MacBook Pro has not changed, the novelty is the integration of the Apple M1 processor, developed internally, and based on the ARM architecture used in smartphones, including the iPhone itself.

The company talks about 2, 8 times more overall power in this new model, and 5 times more graphics powerIn addition, the Apple M1 includes a Neural Engine system that increases 11 times the performance in artificial intelligence, used in more and more tasks.

In the case of the MacBook Pro, the chip has a fan for cooling, so it can perform more than the too refurbished MacBook Air with Apple M1, although the gigahertz clock speed achieved by either is unknown.

Another key aspect is the greater energy efficiency, due in part to the 5nm process in which the chip is manufactured. In this way, the MacBook Pro offers up to 20 hours of autonomy watching video and up to 17 hours of web browsing.

MacBook Pro with Apple M1: specifications and price
MacBook Pro with Apple M1: specifications and price

When it comes to connectivity, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers USB-C 4 (compatible with Thunderbolt 3) and also WiFi 6, the latest standard for wireless networks.

The microphones have been improved, now with studio quality, while maintaining the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Touch Bar Above the keyboard, a small screen with shortcuts that adapt to each situation.

MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Specifications

The changes in hardware and design compared to the current MacBook Pro are minimal, as this update aims to replace Intel Core processors with the Apple M1. Anyway, let's know the details:

  1. Screen: 13.3-inch IPS with 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, P3 color and 500 nits brightness.
  2. Processor: 8-core Apple M1, built at 5nm.
  3. RAM memory: 8 GB or 16 GB unified.
  4. Internal storage: 256 GB up to 2 TB SSD.
  5. Webcam: FaceTime HD 720p.
  6. Connectivity: WiFi 6 (ax) and Bluetooth 5.0.
  7. Ports and sensors: 2 x USB-C 4 (Thunderbolt 3 compatible), 3.5mm jack and Touch ID fingerprint reader.
  8. Battery: 58.2 Wh.
  9. Operating system: macOS Big Sur.
MacBook Pro with Apple M1: specifications and price
MacBook Pro with Apple M1: specifications and price

The macOS Big Sur operating system will allow to run programs created for Intel models thanks to Rosetta 2, an emulation layer. The brand claims that the experience will be quick, but it will be necessary to see to what extent it will achieve it.

Of course, he is working to get developers to adapt their applications to the Apple M1, something he generally hopes to achieve in about 2 years, the expected time for the coexistence in the market between Macs with Intel and Apple M1.

MacBook Pro with Apple M1, price and availability

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple M1 will be available from November 17 of 2020 in Spain, and will be sold in silver and space gray colors.

Regarding the prices, two preconfigured models are offered:

  1. 8 GB + 256 GB for 1,449 euros.
  2. 8 GB + 512 GB for 1,679 euros.

If we want to expand them, the most advanced version includes 16 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD for 2,599 euros in Spain.

In new MacBook Pro with Apple M1 is a continuous evolution, which bets the future of Macs on the brand's own processors, so it will be necessary to see its performance and software compatibility to assess it properly.

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