It’s no surprise for a long time that Apple has been working on the design of chips, called Apple Silicon, to do without Intel chips in its MacBooks. Last night we were treated to the first two models so equipped.
There have been rumors lately suggesting that we would be entitled to a new model of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. In the end, the information was wrong. We did get a new MacBook Pro during the event this Tuesday, November 10, 2020, but this is the very first reference of a MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon chip, M1, in this case, with a diagonal of 13 inches. It’s the first “Pro” computer from the Cupertino firm to switch to Silicon.
Apple unveils 13-inch MacBook Pro M1.
Because this M1 chip is the same as the all-new 13-inch MacBook Air M1, the machine offers similar specifications, with an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU as well. This should allow the device to deliver performance up to 2.8 times faster than its predecessor. A slightly smaller gain than the new MacBook Air. That being said, to be honest, the previous Intel MacBook Pro was more powerful than the Intel MacBook Air. So it’s quite logical that the gain is less this time. The fact remains that a factor of 2.8 is always impressive, if it is right on the field, of course.
First Pro reference with an Apple Silicon chip
The autonomy of the machine is also quite fantastic if it ever reaches the figures announced by Apple. The Cupertino-based firm says the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 can last no less than 17 hours in wireless web browsing and up to 20 hours of video playback. The Apple brand also claims that with this M1 chip, Pro customers who use software like Final Cut Pro will enjoy faster processing speeds. This will allow the machine to calculate a 3D assembly up to 5.9 times faster than before.
The machine can also compile four times as much code as its predecessor, making it a device sometimes for mobile developers. Apple has also improved the webcam. Specifically, it’s signal processing technology. The Touch Bar remains present. And the design remains unchanged compared to previous models.
This new 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 is on pre-order now, starting at $1,449. The first deliveries are expected between November 18 and 19. However, Apple continues to sell its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel chips for those who would be somewhat reluctant to buy a first-generation model like this.