MacBook Air and MacBook Pro M1 Chips Have Same 8-Core CPUs, No Upgrades Available

The newly announced MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models that Apple announced today are equipped with the same 8-core M1 chip that also offers an integrated GPU, with Apple offering no CPU upgrades.

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There is, however, a GPU upgrade available for the ‌MacBook Air‌. By default, the ‌MacBook Air‌ ships with an ‌M1‌ chip with a 7-core GPU, while the MacBook Pro has the same ‌M1‌ chip with an 8-core GPU.

If you choose the $1,249 ‌MacBook Air‌ model with a 512GB SSD, it upgrades to an 8-core GPU instead of the default 7-core GPU, but there is no custom configuration option to choose the lower tier model with the upgraded 8-core GPU option.

Both the ‌MacBook Air‌ and the MacBook Pro can be customized with more RAM and more storage space. The Mac mini also has the same ‌M1‌ chip with 8-core GPU as the MacBook Pro with no GPU/CPU upgrade option available. The new models are available today and will start shipping out next week.

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ilikewhey Avatar
47 months ago
for me its pretty obvious i'm getting the air, no touch bar please.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsound1 Avatar
47 months ago

I don't really understand why the pro is more expensive and needs a fan. Higher frequency?
$300 buys you a fan to prevent thermal throttling.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kalafalas Avatar
47 months ago
They don’t mention clock speeds though. I imagine since the pro is actively cooled it is clocked higher and can maintain higher clock speeds under sustained load so it will provide better performance
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mariusignorello Avatar
47 months ago
M1 is going to change how computers are sold. No more cramming in ram when you can make the ram you have work more efficiently.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainMac Avatar
47 months ago
720p camera
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sajlonix Avatar
47 months ago
THIS IS A JOKE!!
pure, undenaible JOKE ??LOL ?

only two ports on pro?? So we just buy more eco-friendly adapters?? or is it just another "lower-end" Pro with touch bar so boomers can show off in starbucks..??

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