16-inch MacBook Pro With M1 Max Chip Is Marginally Heavier Than Same Model Configured With M1 Pro

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with either the M1 Pro or M1 Max chips. The ‌M1 Max‌ chip is the highest-end Apple silicon chip available, and alongside the added performance, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the ‌M1 Max‌ chip comes with another difference — it's heavier, slightly.

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As we've already highlighted, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is heavier and thicker than the previous model. The added thickness and weight come from a new chassis, more ports, and other factors. Apple's specification breakdown page for the new 16-inch MacBook Pro says that models configured with the ‌M1 Pro‌ chip will weigh 4.7 pounds, or 2.1 kg, while models shipping with the ‌M1 Max‌ chip will weigh 4.8 pounds or 2.2 kg.

The ‌M1 Max‌ chip is physically bigger than the ‌M1 Pro‌ chip; however, the 14-inch MacBook Pro, which is also offered with the ‌M1 Max‌ chip, features the same weight regardless of the chip used. A footnote on Apple's page says that the weight difference on the larger 16-inch model between ‌M1 Pro‌ and ‌M1 Max‌ results from the "configuration and manufacturing process."

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BootsWalking Avatar
13 weeks ago
57 billion of anything has to weigh something :)
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MBX Avatar
13 weeks ago
Be careful guys, you might tear a muscle with the heavier version.
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G46&Fbnth5 Avatar
13 weeks ago
The difference is not that much: 2,15 kg vs 2,17 kg.


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MrCrowbar Avatar
13 weeks ago
20 grams difference. That's about $1 USD in quarters. You probably won't feel the difference when picking up both devices but you can do a lot with 20g of heat sink.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arsenikdote Avatar
13 weeks ago
It might just be as simple as the 16” gets extra cooling that the 14” doesn’t get since it has more space. So likely the 14” will run the fans louder/faster than the 16” but will have the same performance.
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geoff.barnett Avatar
13 weeks ago
Important to note that it's not just the APU, but with the M1 Max, it's 4 RAM chips, while the M1 Pro is 2 RAM chips. If they changed the number of RAM chips then it would affect the memory bandwidth performance, so a M1 Max with 64GB RAM will have 4x16GB chips, but one with 32GB RAM will have 4x8GB Chips. Likewise the M1 Pro with 32GB has 2x16GB chips, while the 16GB version will have 2x8GB chips, this is why the 64GB memory option is only available with the M1 Max.
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