As expected, the “One More Thing” event has just ended where Apple showcases a series of new Macs using Apple Silicon chips developed by the company itself. Besides the entry-level MacBook Air, Apple also announced the all-new 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Design does not change
First, it must be stated that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is not a design makeover. It looks exactly like the old generation, from the size, weight, to details like the screen, the Magic Keyboard or the Touch Bar. All changes to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro lie in the internal hardware.
Apple M1 chip
M1 is the chip Apple is exclusively for Mac line. It is manufactured on the latest 5nm process, including an 8-core CPU (4 high-performance cores, 4-core low power) and an 8-core GPU.
Apple says the M1 can provide up to 2.8x faster performance than the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro running Intel chips. In terms of graphics, the M1’s integrated GPU is five times faster than Intel’s integrated GPU on the previous generation MacBook Pro. Apple claims the M1’s integrated GPU is the most powerful integrated GPU available today.
All in all, Apple is confident that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is three times faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in its segment. Users can do tasks that no other thin / light Windows laptop can do, such as editing 8K videos with DaVinci Resolve software.
Although the Apple M1 chip on the MacBook Pro is essentially no different from the M1 chip on the MacBook Air, there is one difference that the MacBook Pro is equipped with a fan (instead of a fanless design like the MacBook. Air). This will help maintain the performance of the machine in the long run.
Battery life “terrible”
Not only does it improve performance, but Apple’s use of its own chip on the 13-inch MacBook Pro also brings a huge improvement in battery life.
According to data published by Apple, the 13-inch MacBook Pro gives up to 17 hours of web surfing time, and 20 hours of video playback. This is the MacBook with the best battery life ever.
Some other upgrades
Besides the M1 chip, Apple also brings a number of other minor upgrades to the 13-inch MacBook Pro such as:
– Better integrated microphone, which Apple says is “studio quality”.
Improved webcam quality.
– Supports USB 4.
– Secure fingerprint / data / password … better thanks to Secure Enclave integration.
Price and timing of sale
Users can order the new 13-inch MacBook Pro from today and pick up on this day next week (November 17). The price of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro remains unchanged from the old model running Intel, starting at $ 1299 for the model with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. The higher-end model with a 512GB SSD costs $ 1499. In addition, users can add more RAM (up to 16GB) or SSD (up to 2TB) if desired.