Apple still sells the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel’s 10th generation processor, but the MacBook Pro with the M1 outperforms it. The only advantage of the Intel version is that it comes with a total of four USB-C ports, but given the price jump there is no point in buying it. It is better to invest in the M1 model with 16 GB of RAM, along with multiport adapter to add more connectivity (or wait a year or more, when Apple will inevitably replace the four-port version with an even more powerful Pro).
Apple MacBook Pro (16 inches, 2019)
For big screen fans
Currently the only people who should buy a 16-inch MacBook Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommended) are powerful users who now need a graphically powerful Mac, along with the best possible laptop speakers, built-in podcast microphones, four USB-C ports, and a much more spacious and sharp 16-inch screen.
The ninth-generation Intel Core i7 processor (upgradeable to Core i9) is not without effort. Just know that the M1-powered MacBook Pro outperforms these 16-inch screens in many areas. Still, the dedicated AMD graphics card in this machine will give you a big boost whether you’re playing or editing video, even though it gets very loud and the powerful battery drains quickly when performing intense 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 biggest drawbacks are size, price and weight. If you need a laptop that you can take anywhere without major distractions, look elsewhere. But if you need the most powerful MacBook, this is it.
Apple will support this Intel-powered MacBook for years and you won’t have to worry about potential application issues, but I highly recommend you wait until the end of 2021 if you need a charging model. Apple is likely to announce a 16-inch MacBook Pro M-series that will jump ahead of this one in terms of performance. By then, most developers are likely to optimize their apps for the new Apple processor.
Apple iMacBook (2021)
For table lovers
If you prefer portability, there’s another option: the 2021 iMac. Earlier this year, Apple released a 24-inch iMac with M1 drive (8/10 WIRED Recommended), which is also the first major redesign that Apple has made on the iMac in recent years. Like the other M1 devices we tested, it offers great performance. The powerful GPU adds extra horsepower for graphics-intensive tasks like video editing or gaming.