By Ben Lovejoy
August 24, 2021
The current 13-inch Intel MacBook Pro, for example, has a top-end configuration of a 2.3GHz i7 processor; Iris Plus GPU; 32GB RAM; and 4TB SSD. The 16-inch model, in contrast, maxes out at a 2.4Ghz i9 processor; Radeon Pro 5600M; 64GB RAM; and 8TB SSD.
Initially, Twitter user Dylan said that the two machines would have the same “performance,” but later clarified that he was only referring to the M1X chip, which will be full power for both models. He said that the change would be welcomed by those who prefer the portability of a smaller machine, but still want the highest level of performance.
It’s comforting to note that both MacBook Pro’s that are coming this fall will have the same chip and the same performance. It’s definitely a win for those who like to opt for the smaller size […] Just so that everyone understands, I am referring to the 16 and 14 inch pros both having the same M1X.
The addendum, then, would still leave open the possibility of different GPU and storage options, though as RAM is integrated into the CPU, it may be that the same options there would apply to both models.
Dylan warned that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that getting the same CPU as the 16-inch machine would be reflected in “a notable increase in price” over the current 13-inch. The existing M1 model 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, while the Intel version starts at $1,799. The M1X model is likely to be priced above the current Intel one.
All leakers have mixed track records, but Dylan was correct in his tweets about both the new M1 iMac and the 2021 iPad Pro. We still don’t known to expect the new machines. Bloomberg reported that we can expect them any time in the September to November timeframe. They have, however, been spotted in regulatory filings, and supply-chain sources say that production is underway.