This is a heavy hitter, in more ways than one. Apple had already hit a home run with the M1 chip in the 2020 MacBook Air, but as expected, that was just the start.
Refreshing the MacBook Pros needed more than just a revival of ports and removal of a Touchbar and to that effect, Apple didn’t just give us an update of the M1 SoC, but a whole new level of laptop performance never seen before. And with it, also came added bulk that translates into better battery life but also more weight.
The 14in MacBook Pro that we have on test here is the M1 Pro equipped model, but you can also spec it up to M1 Max with a 16in screen that will make you rethink that entry-level hatchback purchase. Both the 14in and 16in versions can be specified with either M1 Pro or M1 Max, depending on your use-case, or crypto-driven profits. But, even in our review sample, the base 14in model with an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU made every task feel faster than the M1 MacBook Air. It comes with a potent 16GB of unified memory that can be configured 32GB or even 64GB on the M1 Max and while it may be tempting to be “future-ready” with more RAM and an even faster processor, the pricing will be a great counsellor here, making you think long and hard about what you really use your laptop for.