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Best MacBooks (2021): M1 vs. Intel, Which Model Should You Buy?

Apple still sells the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the 10th generation Intel processor, but the MacBook Pro with M1 outperforms it. The only good thing about the Intel version is that it comes with four USB-C ports in total, but considering the price hike, it doesn’t make sense to buy it. Better to invest in the M1 model with 16GB of RAM, along with a multiport adapter to add more connectivity (or wait around a year, when Apple will inevitably replace the four-port version with an even more powerful Pro).

MacBook Pro with M1 costs $ 1,299 at Apple, $ 1,300 from Amazon, or $ 1,499 from B&H for the model with 16 GB of RAM

Apple MacBook Pro (16 inch, 2019)

For lovers of the big screen

Photography: apple

Right now, the only people who should buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro (9/10, WIRED recommended) are power users who need a graphically powerful Mac now, as well as the best possible speakers on a laptop, built-in podcast quality. microphones, four USB-C ports and a much larger and sharper 16-inch display.

The 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor (upgradable to Core i9) is no exception. Just be aware that the M1 powered MacBook Pro outperforms that 16in in many areas. Still, this machine’s dedicated AMD graphics card will give you a big boost whether you’re gaming or editing videos, even if it gets really noisy and the powerful battery drains quickly while performing heavy-duty tasks ( it doesn’t last as long as the 13-inch MacBook Pro). The base model comes with a 512 GB SSD. Video editors will be happy to know that you can get up to 64 GB of RAM.

The main disadvantages are the size, the price and the weight. If you need a laptop that you can take anywhere without too many obstacles, look elsewhere. But if you need the most powerful MacBook, this is it.

Apple will support this Intel-powered MacBook for years to come, and you won’t have to worry about potential app issues, but I highly recommend you wait until late 2021 if you need to. of a supercharged model. Apple will likely release a 16-inch M-series MacBook Pro that will surpass this one in performance. By then, most developers will likely have optimized their apps for the new Apple processor as well.

MacBook Pro (16-inch) costs $ 2,399 at Apple or $ 2,149 from Amazon

Apple iMacBook (2021)

For office enthusiasts

Apple iMac 2021

Photography: apple

If you favor power over portability, there’s another option: the iMac 2021. Earlier this year, Apple released a 24-inch M1-powered iMac (recommended by 8/10 WIRED), which is also the first. major overhaul that Apple has made to the iMac for years. Like the other M1 devices we tested, it offers excellent performance. The powerful GPU adds extra power for graphics-intensive tasks like editing videos or playing games.

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