MacBook Pro FAQ: New 13-inch models with Apple’s M1 chip are now available

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

Editor’s note: Updated 11/10/20 with information about the new M1-based 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The latest: Apple reveals new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 chip

At its ”One more thing” online event on November 10, Apple introduced its first Macs equipped with the company’s own processors instead of Intel’s. Among those Macs were a new 13-inch MacBook Pro that sports Apple’s M1 processor.

Processor, memory, graphics, and SSDs

With the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the models have either an Apple M1 processor, or an Intel Core processor. Eventually, the Intel-based models will be phased out, though Apple has not commented on when that will happen. (Apple does not classify its own processors with clock speeds.)

The M1-based laptops come standard with 8GB of RAM, with an option for 16GB. You must configure the amount of RAM you want when you buy the laptop. You can’t upgrade the RAM at a later time.

The 13-inch Intel-based models use LPDDR4X memory. They comes standard with 16GB and you can upgrade at the time of purchase to 32GB.

The 13-inch models have only an integrated graphics processor. The M1-based laptops use an 8-core Apple GPU. The Intel-based laptops use Intel Iris Plus Graphics.

The 16-inch models use 9th-generation Intel Core processors, and come standard with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, upgradeable to up to 64GB. They have the integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 processor, as well as a discrete AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card.