The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

The M1 chip was the centerpiece of Apple’s “One More Thing” product event from November 2020. The groundbreaking hardware bit debuted on the Mac mini, the MacBook Air, as well as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Key Specs

• Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, Neural Engine
• 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone Technology, P3 color gamut
• 8/16GB of RAM; up to 2TB SSD
• Touch Bar & Touch ID fingerprint sensor
• Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3/USB 4 compatibility

The MacBook Pro with an M1 chip has the same design and 13-inch Retina display panel as the Intel-equipped model. It also has the same keyboard, trackpad, and Touch Bar.

All About the M1 Chip

The Apple M1 is the first computer chip that’s built via a 5-nanometer process. The technology has packed 16 billion transistors—microscopic computer processor building blocks—into a minuscule space. The same process has been used in the making of the industry-leading A14 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

By combining all essential components (CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, memory) together into one chip, the M1 delivers unmatched blend of power and energy efficiency. According to Apple, the chip is up to two times more capable than its rivals in terms of graphics and processing power. Compared to the eighth-generation Intel Core chips found in the previous entry-level MacBook Pro, the performance leap is even bigger.

Because of the M1 chip and the optimized software for it, the new MacBook Pro made quick work of my busy work tasks—frequently switching between a double-digit number of open browser tabs, an email client, Slack, Spotify, Zoom, and Affinity Photo, among other apps.

The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy
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The MacBook Pro with an Apple M1 Chip Is the Best 13-Inch Laptop You Can Buy
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A High Watermark for Battery Performance

Calling the battery life of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip epic is an understatement. With up to 17 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video streaming between charges, the notebook delivers more screen-on time than any other MacBook.

However, the above numbers are not what will entice you. Instead, it will likely be the new MacBook Pro’s ability to consistently deliver insane battery life from mixed use.

Conclusion

Apple offers the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. Unless you really need the bigger memory options (up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of storage respectively), as well as the additional USB-C ports that the pricier 13-inch Pro with an Intel processor offers, this is the compact MacBook to get.

The MacBook Air with an Apple M1 chip, on the other hand, has excellent performance and battery life in a more elegant form factor — with no cooling fans — for less. However, it’s important to note that the GPU of the entry-level variant is not as capable as the MacBook Pro’s—upgrading it will bring their pricing almost on par. Its Retina display has a lower maximum brightness, too.

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Which Mac’s can run macOS Big Sur?

Which Mac’s can run macOS Big Sur?

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macOS Big Sur elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy.
Unparalleled power. Legendary ease of use. Limitless creativity. macOS Big Sur brings a refined new design that gives you even more of the things you love about Mac.

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But can your Mac run macOS Big Suri? Yes, if you have the following Mac’s in your possesion:

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iMac 2014 and later

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MacBook Air 2013 and later

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How to Check for Updates on a Mac?

How to Check for Updates on a Mac?

How to Check for Updates on a Mac?

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Click the Apple button in the upper-left corner of your screen and then clicking About This Mac. You should be staring at the General tab of the About This Mac window. If so, click the Software Update button, which will launch the System Preferences to check for updates.

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Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature
Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

This screenshot shows an as-yet unreleased version of Logic Pro X.
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Sometime before this past weekend, Apple posted a screenshot of what is presumably an upcoming new version of Logic Pro X, its pro music-creation app, onto its education page. It shows a brand new feature, previously only seen in the iOS version of GarageBand: Live Loops. Live Loops is a way to trigger music clips live, on-the-fly, so you can create music like a DJ.

And the Logic version looks great. And more importantly, it finally adds Apple’s take on the Session View from Logic’s biggest rival, Ableton Live.

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The leak

The screenshot seen here was noticed on Apple’s Education site over the weekend by Reddit user logic-thrw-1892. It has since been replaced by Apple.

 

Logic Pro X Live Loops

Like GarageBand’s Live Loops, the Logic Pro X version presents a grid of audio clips. You can drop in drum loops, music loops, and one-shot clips (a vocal sample, for example). Then, you trigger these clips by clicking on them (or tapping them, in GarageBand for iPad). All clips are launched so they play in time with the song, and you can record the performance, which adds those clips to a familiar timeline version of the song.

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete
Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete
As we noted earlier this month, one of Apple’s earliest tablets is now officially classified “obsolete” by the company.

Apple’s iPad 2, released in 2011, packed a dual-core A5 processor, thinner form factor, and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras. However, what was state-of-the-art almost a decade is ago is now considered so old that Apple Stores will no longer service it.

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This applies to all versions of the iPad 2, including Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and cellular versions.

The only exception to this rule is Apple’s home state of California and Turkey. Both of these markets have consumer protection laws that mean that Apple will have to continue supporting the iPad 2 until March 2021.

Vintage and obsolete
Apple classes vintage products as ones which were discontinued five years ago. Obsolete products, meanwhile, are those discontinued more than seven years back. It means that Apple users are unable to obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers.

While it’s now reached the end of its life, the iPad 2 hung around for an impressively long period. It outlasted both the iPad 3 and iPad 4. Apple sold the iPad 2 until 2014. The last operating system upgrade compatible with it was iOS 9.x.

You can check out a list of all Apple’s vintage and obsolete products (at least, going back to Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the late 1990s) here.