The timing couldn’t have been better. If you’re thinking of buying a new Mac laptop, this is the time to go. Apple’s new M1 processor with 13-inch screens has turned the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air into a pair of power packs we’ve barely seen so far.
The new 13-inch MacBooks have received the biggest update in many years on any Mac, and show the way for the future of Apple computers.
Apple, in fact, has begun eliminating Intel processors in favor of its Apple Silicon processors. This is one of three new Mac models with a new M1 processor (the Mac Mini is the third). Based on the same 5-nanometer architecture we’ve seen in recent generations of Apple.
That doesn’t mean new Macs play with the iPad keyboard, although some things are the same. Mainly due to lack of startup time and the time required to launch programs and open applications. M1 allows Macs to run iOS apps.
The new M1 processor has more advantages. It is much faster and more efficient than Intel processors. This means longer recording performance and longer battery life.
The battery in the M1 version of the MacBook Pro 13 lasts between 17 and 20 hours, compared to the 13-inch 13-inch we tested this summer. The new computer is much faster both in reference tests and with programs like Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.
13 inches fastest
The previous generation MacBook Pro 13 is still in Apple’s range. Even if you can’t understand why you should buy it, the 13-inch M1-based one offers a much higher performance in exchange for money.
The only reason to choose an Intel-based MacBook Pro 13 should be if you can’t handle it with less than 4 TB SSD storage and 32 GB of memory and you need four Thunderbolt connectors.
On the new M1 Mac you can choose a 2 TB SSD and it is only available with two Thunderbolt ports.
Otherwise, the 13-inch old and new are the same. The P3 has the same LED-based IPS screen that supports color space and is one of those with the most accurate color reproduction on all laptops.
The keyboard, or as it is called the Magic Keyboard, is illuminated with an upper touch bar on Apple’s Pro 2020 models, and the trackpad or trackpad is the same.
If you look at Apple’s website, there’s little technical information on it. Nerds don’t find much to read, but for creative users, performance is more important in practice than GHz and teraflops. But we have little data on M1.
The first M1 processor, used here, is an eight-core 3.2 GHz processor, based on a 5 nm architecture, with 16 billion transistors in four “high-performance” cores and four “high-efficiency” ones divided into cores.
The first four carry the heaviest loads in programs like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, while the other four take care of the lightest tasks. The load is routed by a control unit that distributes the load to the eight cores in real time and, when needed, can use these eight for particularly demanding multi-threaded tasks.
The M1 processor also includes eight core graphics processors. Apple claims it can do it up to a 2.6-bit 2.6 teraflop (32-bit) or put it in a less convenient way: the MacBook can merge 4K videos in real time without any problems.
Apple is also quite proud of its 16 core Neural Engine. Since it is something simplified, it is an advanced machine learning; the processor learns to recognize and analyze images, videos, faces, and tasks, and uses the scale of images, for example, in the Pixelmator Pro. There, you can zoom in on the image hundreds of times and see the details on the screen.
External monitors and connections
It can also be connected to two external Mac monitors, one with a resolution of 6K and 60 Hz and another with 4K / 60, you can use the Mac screen at full resolution. You can also use the newer wirelessly connected iPad as an external monitor by turning it on in the SideCar system settings.
There are only two USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 connectors. Although I doubt many need more. USB and Thunderbolt 3 ports offer speeds of up to 40 Gbit / s and are typically used for charging, external devices, or external 6K monitors.
On the other side is a 3.5mm plug for headphones or external speakers.
Built-in stereo speakers are not stupid at all. They support Dolby Atmos audio and provide a rich audio image for a laptop.
The FaceTime camera is the same as the previous one, it has a resolution of 720p, which is of course very bad. But the image quality has at least improved, with less noise and slightly better contrast, but nothing else.
The Facetime camera is quickly forgotten when you run your Mac test bench. Compared to the MacBook Pro, along with Intel’s 10th-generation “Ice Lake” processor, the new M1 crushes everything. All.
Plus, it’s cheaper than the Intel Mac, which is quite a few thousand dollars.
When we tested the MacBook Pro 13 on a Geekbench with a 2.0 GHz i5 processor, it quickly escaped the fastest 13-inch from 2018, and now it’s the turn to split the M1 models in the Geekbench 5:
M1 MacBook Pro 13 2020: 1 733 7 582
Intel MacBook Pro 13 2020: 1,232 4,442
Intel MacBook Pro 16 2019: 1 133 7 240
The numbers show that the new M1 processor outperforms Intel’s 15 processors, mostly in multi-core processors, but it’s also interesting that the 16-inch eight-core 2.4 GHz i9 outperforms the expensive Intel processor. When we test both single and multi-core.
Geekbench is not only the best M1 Mac. At Cinebench, the new version steps on the 16-inch from 2019 and gets 7,758 points, compared to 3,582 16-inch.
But it’s not just the new Mac that shines in the test chair. He performs demanding tasks faster and without hesitation or without losing his breath. It’s worth noting here that new processor architectures require developers to make versions of software tailored to Apple’s M1 processor for optimal performance.
Alternatively, Mac runs software developed for the Intel processor via Rosetta 2 on MacOS Big Sur. Rosetta 2 “returns” the software and is required to run older software on the Mac with an M1 processor. But then you don’t use the full potential of the M1 processor.
You do this if you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account. Then you can download the beta version for Adobe Photoshop M1, which is actually not a full version with all the features, but both to test the basic performance of Photoshop.
Apple’s Final Cut Pro is also suitable for M1 video editing, and it quickly became apparent that MacBook’s filter effects, renderings, and video playback are as easy as 4K, but also 8K / 24p. .
And all this without even starting the fan to rotate.
Here’s how, with the most demanding tasks, you need more than 8 GB of memory to choose from before you can order your Mac. The difference between an M1-Mac with 8 or 16 GB of memory is noticeable when working with very heavy files, such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro or Affinity Photo, which the M1 processor handles for most other things.
The new MacBook Pro 13 is the coolest 13-inch computer we’ve tested. In addition to trampling on the previous model, it paves the way for many Apple computers with an almost revolutionary processor architecture. The new processor is much more efficient, so the battery life of the MacBook Pro 13 is almost doubled. It also handles tasks that you should have been more expensive to do before, and is faster than any other in the same class in our tests. Photographers, designers and creative users get a powerful tool in the new MacBook Pro, which is the best purchase among all laptops.