Display: 13.3 inches, 14.2 inches or 16.2 inches | Processor: Apple M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max | Memory: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB | GPU: Apple Silicon, ranging from 8 cores to 32 cores | Storage: 256GB up to 8TB | Webcam: 720p or 1080p | Colors: Silver, space gray
Apple now sells three different models of the MacBook Pro, all of which are powered by some form of an Apple Silicon processor. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is powered by the base M1 processor, while you can configure the 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro with either the M1 Pro or M1 Max Apple Silicon processor. The days of an Intel-powered MacBook Pro are now over.
The base 13-inch model sticks to a design that includes a TouchBar and lacks an HDMI port or an SD Card reader. The recently announced MacBook Pros, however, have ditched the TouchBar in favor of dedicated function keys and a Touch ID sensor. The larger MacBook Pro models also have an HDMI 2.0 port and an SD Card reader, and MagSafe has made a comeback.
The performance of the M1 Pro and M1 Max is everything Apple promised, delivering speed and battery life in a laptop chassis. On top of that, Apple brought back all of the connections and peripherals we'd been told we'd need.
You're going to pay for that extra performance, though. The base 14-inch model starts at $1,999 and goes up to $5,899 when maxed out. The 16-inch version starts at $2,499 and goes up to $6,099. Yeah, they're pricey.
The MacBook Pro line has always filled the role of a portable laptop that provides extra power and, now, extended battery life. If you're in need of a laptop that will allow you to edit videos and photos or dive into CAD programs on the go, then the MacBook Pro is for you.
- You have plenty of options, depending on your needs
- The M1 MacBook Pro is impressively fast
- The new M1 Pro and M1 Max promise to be even faster and more impressive
- Too many options can be confusing
- Higher-end MacBook Pros are expensive
- The 13-inch model doesn't really make sense in the lineup