MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020): get more performance with the new M1 chip

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)



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The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) has been revealed at Apple’s One More Thing event on November 10, and it’s soon to hit the streets, slated for delivery on November 17 alongside the MacBook Air (M1, 2020).

Its launch comes as a surprise to many, as Apple already rolled out the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) earlier this year. However, those who’ve been closely following Apple’s progress with its M1 chip, may have already expected it. 

While the earlier 2020 model is rocking Intel processors (and in the case of the base model, stuck with the now quite old 8th-generation Intel CPU), the new MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is rocking that new 5nm M1 chip that Apple engineered itself. And, it’s expected to deliver much improved performance and longer battery life than its Intel-based predecessors.

In fact, Apple is touting this new MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) as the world’s fastest, compact pro notebook (for machine learning, at any rate). It’s supposed to be up to three times faster than Windows laptops in its class, and 2.8 times faster than the previous generation of MacBook Pro.  

As for its battery life, it’s longer with up to 20 hours when playing video. Apple says that it’s the longest ever battery life on a MacBook Pro. 

Rounding it all out are “studio-quality” mics, advanced camera ISP for the webcam, “best-in-class” security features, and two Thunderbolt ports with USB 4.0 support, allowing you to connect to more peripherals than ever – including an XDR display.

Just how accurate some of Apple’s rather bold claims about the new hardware are? We will have to wait until we run it through its paces, though we should be getting our hands on one soon for a full review. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020), which is now available for preorder.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple’s powerful 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • When is it out? You can preorder now, with the delivery on November 17 
  • How much will it cost? Starting at $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) release date and price

At Apple’s new MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) launch event, the company stated that its revamped thin and light laptop will be available to preorder right now, with the actual release on November 17.

Prices for the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) start at $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999 for the 256GB SSD/8GB RAM model, with the 2TB SSD/16GB RAM model selling for $2,299 / £2,299 / AU$3,499. 

For comparison, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) launched earlier this year for $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999, so we’re not seeing the price cut on the MacBook Pro we were hoping to see now that Apple has moved to its own silicon, but the performance gain, it can be argued, makes up for this.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) specs

Without question, the biggest story when it comes to the specs of the new MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is the introduction of the new Apple M1 chip, and you can read all about it in our dedicated article, but the highlights include an eight-core CPU – featuring four performance cores and four efficiency cores – an eight-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine.

Beyond the new M1 chip, there are several configuration options available. You can get either 8GB or 16GB RAM, and either 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of SSD storage. 

The other configurable options involve preinstalled software, so if you want to save the hassle of having to install Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro X, you can have Apple do it for you for $299 / £299 / AU$499 and $199 / £199 / AU$319, respectively

November 16, 2020
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