Apple M1 MacBook Pro vs. Intel MacBook Pro (13-Inch) Buyer's Guide
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In November 2020, Apple updated its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup with the first Apple Silicon chip for the Mac, the M1. The base...
13-inch MacBook Pro was refreshed with the Arm-based Apple chip, bringing significant speed and efficiency improvements, yet Apple continues to sell the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel inside for several hundred dollars more.

So is it still worth plunking down for the 13-inch Intel MacBook Pro, or does it make more sense to take the leap to ‌Apple Silicon‌ now? Our guide helps answer the question of how to decide which of these two 13-inch MacBook Pro models is best for you.

Comparing the M1 MacBook Pro and the Intel MacBook Pro (13-inch)

The M1 MacBook Pro and the Intel MacBook Pro share some features such as the same 13.3-inch Retina display and are identical in terms and form factor, but the differences outweigh the similarities.


13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology

Wide Color (P3) and True Tone technology

Touch Bar and Touch ID

720p FaceTime HD camera

Wide stereo sound and support for Dolby Atmos playback

3.5 mm headphone jack

Magic Keyboard

Force Touch Trackpad

Bluetooth 5.0

Available in Silver and Space Gray

Apple's breakdown highlights the fact that the two machines share largely the same chassis design, but there are significant differences under the hood and in terms of the number of Thunderbolt ports on offer.


13-inch M1 MacBook Pro Eight-Core Apple M1 chip with eight-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine

Up to 16GB unified memory

Up to 2TB storage

Up to 20 hours battery life

Studio-quality three-mic array with directional beamforming

802.11ax Wi-Fi 6

Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports

Integrated 58.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

One external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz

13-inch Intel MacBook Pro Up to four-core Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Up to 32GB memory

Up to 4TB storage

Up to 10 hours battery life

Three-mic array with directional beamforming

802.11ac Wi-Fi

Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports

Integrated 58.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer…
Tim Hardwick
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