At WWDC in June, Apple announced that they would make a transition from Intel to in-house silicon for their Mac lineup, and that the transition would take 2 years, but today at their “One more thing”, they unveiled the first generation of MacBook Pro’s to use Apple silicon.
Even though the refreshed MacBook Pro is seeing a massive performance boost thanks to Apple Silicon, the body design has stayed the same as the 13″ MacBook Pro released earlier this year. It features a 13.3″ diagonal LED-backlit display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 native resolution at 227 PPI with support for millions of colors. The display also supports Wide color (P3), and Apple’s True Tone technology.
The new MacBook Pro continues Apple’s vision for a green and renewable future, by using 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board, an enclosure made with recyclable, low-carbon aluminum, and 35% or more recycle plastic in multiple components throughout the MacBook Pro and its included accessories. The MacBook Pro also joins the MacBook Air and is now made of 100% recycled aluminum.
The forthcoming MacBook Pro features an Apple M1, an 8 core processor, with 4 of the cores being high-efficiency, and those 4 cores deliver the same performance of current MacBook Pros. With the addition of the 4 additional cores, the M1 can provide 2.8 times the performance of todays most powerful processors, at half of the power consumption. The M1 also features the Secure Enclave found on iPhone and iPad for the increased security and privacy users know and love.
With the change to the Apple M1, the MacBook Pro also now has an 8-core GPU. It was also stated to be 5x as powerful as todays MacBook Pros, while also being 3x faster than the most powerful Windows PCs.
In a Final Cut X demo, there was a gain of 6 times performance boost over the prior generation Intel based Macs. Multiple developers also spoke of their new apps wrote for the new M1 chipset, and they were getting anywhere from 2 times all the way to a 10 times performance increase.
The MacBook Pro can also simultaneously support full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors, and one external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz
Thanks to the new Apple M1 chip, SSDs also see a speed boost of up to 2 times for read and write speeds. SSD storage options start at 256GB, but can be configured up to 2TB. RAM also starts at 8GB and can be configured up to 16GB.
This refreshed MacBook Pro is the first to include WiFi 6 technology, a feature that the iPad Pro gained last year and iPhone 11, as well as this years iPad Air. WiFi 6 offers an improvement over WiFi 5. WiFi 6 compatible routers can output up to 9.6Gbps across multiple channels, compared to the 3.5Gbps of WiFi 5, making this the fastest wireless Mac to date.
Battery and Power
The new Apple M1 is one of the most power efficient processors in Apple’s lineup, featuring up to 17 hours of surfing the web on wifi or up to 20 hours for video playback.
Charging and Expansion
As with prior MacBook Pro models, Apple continued to use USB-C as its charging standard for the new lineup. They also feature 2 ThunderBolt 3 ports, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The MacBook Pro keeps its current price of $1299, and education pricing starting at $1199. It is available for order today, and will start shipping next week.