Apple
Apple

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Apple has announced the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, which feature its own SoC "M1" chip. In this article, we compare the specifications of these two models to existing models.

Apple
Apple
Model MacBook Pro 13"
(2020 late)
MacBook Pro 13"
(2020 Early)
MacBook Air 13"
(2020 late)
MacBook Air 13"
(2020 Early Core i5)
Display 13.3-inch Retina
2560 x 1600px
500 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)
True Tone technology
13.3-inch Retina
2560 x 1600px
500 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)
True Tone technology
13.3-inch Retina
2560x1600px
400 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)

True Tone technology
13.3-inch Retina
2560x1600px
True Tone technology
Chip Apple M1 chip
8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores

16-core Neural Engine
2.0GHz quad-core
Intel Core i5

Op: 2.3GHz quad-core
Intel Core i7

1.4GHz quad-core
Intel Core i5

Op: 1.7GHz quad-core
Intel Core i7
Apple M1 chip
8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores

16-core Neural Engine
1.1GHz quad-core
Intel Core i5

Op:1.2GHz quad-core
Intel Core i7
Graph­ics 8-core GPU (M1) Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
256GB Model
7-core GPU (M1)

512GB Model

8-coreGPU (M1)
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Support for Thunderbolt 3-enabled external graphics processors (eGPUs)
Storage 256GB
Op: 512GB / 1-2TB

512GB
Op: 1-2TB
512GB / 1TB SSD
Op: 1 / 2 / 4TB SSD


256GB / 512GB SSD
Op: 512GB or 1 / 2TB SSD
256GB
Op:512GB / 1-2TB

512GB
Op: 1-2TB
512GB SSD (PCIe)
Op: 1-2TB
RAM 8GB unified memory
Op: 16GB
16GB LPDDR4X
Op: 32GB

8GB LPDDR3
Op: 16GB
8GB unified memory
Op: 16GB
8GB LPDDR4X
Op: 16GB
Wireless 802.11 ax WiFi6
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11ac WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Charg­ing and Expan­sion Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
with support for:
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt (40Gbps)
USB 3.1Gen 2 (10Gbps)
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
with support for:
Displayport
Thunderbolt (40Gbps)
USB 3.1Gen 2 (10Gbps)

Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
with support for:
Displayport
Thunderbolt (40Gbps)
USB 3.1Gen 2 (10Gbps)

Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
with support for:
Displayport
Thunderbolt (40Gbps)
USB 3.1Gen 2 (10Gbps)
Camera 720P FaceTime HD 720P FaceTime HD 720P FaceTime HD 720P FaceTime HD
Audio Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
Wide stereo sound
Support for Dolby Atmos playback
Studio-quality three-mic array with directional beamforming
3.5 mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
Wide stereo sound
Support for Dolby Atmos playback
Three-mic array with directional beamforming
3.5 mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Wide stereo sound
Support for Dolby Atmos playback
Studio-quality three-mic array with directional beamforming
3.5 mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Wide stereo sound
Support for Dolby Atmos playback
Three-mic array with directional beamforming
3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery 58.2Wh
61W USB-C Power Adapter
USB-C Charge Cable
58.0Wh / 58.2Wh
61W USB-C Power Adapter
USB-C Charge Cable
49.9Wh
30W USB-C Power Adapter
USB-C Charge Cable
49.9Wh
30W USB-C Power Adapter
USB-C Charge Cable
Size Height:156 x Width: 304 x Depth: 212 mm Height: 156 x Width: 304 x Depth: 212 mm Height:161 x Width: 304.1 x Depth: 212.4 mm Height: 161 x Width: 304.1 x Depth: 212.4 mm
Weight 1.4 kg 1.4 kg 1.29 kg 1.29 kg
Price in Japan (excluding tax) Apple M1 Chip
256GB: 104,800 yen
512GB: 129,800 yen
2.0GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
512GB: from 188,800 yen
1TB: from 208,800 yen

1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
256GB: from 134,800 yen
512GB: from 154,800 yen

Apple M1 Chip
(7-core GPU
)
256GB: 104,800 yen

Apple M1 Chip
(8-core GPU)
512GB: 129,800 yen

1.1GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
512GB: 134,800 yen

Both 13-inch display models look no different from previous products that have used Intel's chips in their appearance. The dimensions and weight are also the same.

However, Apple claims that the use of the Apple Silicon "M1" chip has dramatically improved performance for power consumption, with the M1 chip delivering approximately 2.8 times and the 8-core GPU inside the chip delivering up to 5 times the performance of its predecessor.

Both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are likely to be almost equal in performance if they have the same M1 chip, but the MacBook Air is a fanless design, so if you're looking for quietness over performance, you may want to choose the Air.

Note, however, that the MacBook Air comes in two types of M1 chips, one with seven and one with eight GPU cores, and the models aren't differentiated by standard storage capacity alone. The difference in the number of GPU cores results in a price difference of 5,000 yen and a slight difference in performance, even with the options in the same configuration. The purchase page on Apple's site lists "8-core CPU and 7-core GPU" or "8-core CPU and 8-core GPU" as the first selection, so don't make a mistake.

On the other hand, although the MacBook Pro with the M1 chip will be available in two models with different storage capacities, both M1 chips have an integrated 8-core GPU, so if you choose the same amount of storage, you'll get the exact same configuration for the same price.


Related Articles (Japanese):

Apple Silicon MacBook Air Announced. Fanless design with several times the performance and the first M1 chip

New MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon 'M1' unveiled

The new Mac mini, with up to three times the CPU performance and up to six times the graphics with Apple's silicon M1

Next macOS 'Big Sur' to be released on November 13, unleashing the power of the M1 chip-powered Mac

M1 Chip-equipped Macs, 'Universal' and 'Rosetta 2' expand the range of apps that work

Comparing the Apple Silicon M1-powered MacBook Pro / Air with Intel models, note the number of GPU cores in the Air

Apple Silicon Mac mini vs Intel Core Mac mini specs comparison. Affordability and high throughput


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.