Apple yesterday announced a 13-inch MacBook Pro that will run on its M1 Chip at its One More Thing event. This is a new era for Apple’s MacBook Pro with its own processor replacing the Intel owns it had been using before. Interestingly, Apple has retained the same $1299 retail price it was selling the previous MacBook Pro for the new MacBook Pro.
Apple says the M1chip has the “world’s fastest CPU core” with 8 cores and up to 2.8x faster performance than its previous MacBook Pro with Intel chips. The M1 chip offers up to 17 hours of web browsing and 20 hours of video playback which is 10hrs longer than any battery found on a MacBook. The 13-inch MacBook will also launch with the new macOS Big Sur which is designed to take advantage of the new processor.
The new MacBook Pro retains the Touch Bar and two USB-C ports that support USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4. It also comes with an active colling fan system. Apple is offering the MacBook Pro in either 8GB or 16GB of RAM along with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB SSD options, but it appears only the 16GB RAM variant will be available with the M1 processor option.
Apple says the mic on the 13-inch MacBook Pro is now “studio quality” and the webcam has been upgraded by improving the image signal processor.
Pre-orders are underway already for the new MacBook Pro and it will start shipping Tuesday, November 17th.