The company claimed significant performance improvements with lower power consumption compared to the previous models that were powered by Intel processors. But, internally, not much seems to have changed.
The M1 is Apple’s first System on a Chip designed for the Mac, which means it has the processor, GPU, I/O, security features, and RAM all one chip that’s inside the Mac. Apple says that this allows for better performance and power efficiency for longer battery life.
The M1 MacBook Pro continues to feature the same design that Apple has been using for years now with a uniform rectangular shape, aluminum body, and slim bezels around the display. The MacBook Pro models come in silver and space gray.
There’s a large trackpad, thin hinge, Touch Bar, Apple logo at the back, two to four ports on the side depending on model, and side speaker grilles. The MacBook Pro measures in at 11.97 inches long, 8.36 inches wide, and 14.9mm thick. It weighs three pounds and is 0.2 pounds heavier than the Macbook Air.
Apple sells the 13-inch MacBook Pro alongside the larger 16-inch model, which measures in at 14.09 inches long, 9.68 inches wide, and 16.2mm thick. It weighs in at 4.3 pounds.
The MacBook Pro uses the same redesigned Magic Keyboard that was first introduced in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The Magic Keyboard does away with the butterfly mechanism that Apple has been using since 2015 as it was riddled with issues that led to key failure due to dust and other small particulates.
The M1 processor is built on a 5-nanometer process, features eight CPU cores and an integrated GPU with either seven or eight cores. The RAM is also integrated in the processor and Apple calls it Unified Memory Architecture or UMA.
The M1-powered MacBook Air starts at Rs. 92,900 while the M1-powered MacBook Pro starts at Rs. 1,22,900. Mac mini starts from Rs. 64,900.
Apple has launched its new M1-powered Macs and MacBooks with much fanfare. The M1 Chip inside the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini boasts increased performance and efficiency, marking a departure from Intel as Apple now makes the silicon in its machines. This allows the company to optimise the entire Mac to fit its vision of how the platform should be, rather than have to rely on a third-party.
If you’re trying to decide between purchasing the M1 MacBook Air or the M1 MacBook Pro, Just goes through the similarities and the differences to help you figure out which machine best meets your needs.
Reviews of the M1 MacBook Pro were overwhelmingly positive, which is no surprise given how much of an improvement it is over the prior generation in terms of CPU and GPU performance.
TechCrunch said that the M1 MacBook Pro is fast enough that it launches apps “before your cursor leaves your dock,” and “every click feels more responsive,” much like an iOS device.
The Verge said that the MacBook Pro’s fan doesn’t often come on, resulting in mostly silent operation. It also didn’t seem to significantly outperform the MacBook Air for that reason, but things that normally trigger the fan on an Intel Mac, such as Google Meet in Chrome, “barely register on the M1 MacBook Pro.”
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