Apple wasn’t the first computer platform-holder to adopt Arm silicon, as Microsoft and its partners have offered Windows on Arm laptops for a while now. But the Cupertino firm certainly made a big splash with its first Arm-powered computers, featuring its M1 chipset.
We saw three Arm-powered Apple computers in the Mac Mini, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro, and the latter two have just received a modest price cut via B&H Photo Video for Black Friday. More specifically, the new 13.3-inch Macbook Pro can now be had for $1,199 instead of $1,299. Meanwhile, the 13.3-inch M1-powered Macbook Air is retailing for $899 instead of $999.
Again, these are rather small discounts, but they’re certainly worth jumping on if you were planning to buy one of the new laptops anyway. And it definitely looks like a massive upgrade for both Macbooks and PCs in general.
- 13.3-inch Apple Macbook Pro M1 for $1,199 (save $100)
- 13.3-inch Apple Macbook Air M1 for $899 (save $100)
Apple claims that the new Macbook Pro delivers up to 17 hours of web browsing and 20 hours of video playback. On the other hand, the most recent Intel-powered 13-inch Macbook Pro touts 10 hours of web browsing and 10 hours of video playback via the Apple TV app. Other noteworthy new Macbook Pro features include 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, a touch bar, fingerprint scanner, and Wi-Fi 6.
The new Macbook Air also touts lengthy endurance, with Apple claiming 15 hours of web browsing and 18 hours of video playback. By contrast, the most recent Intel-powered 13-inch Macbook Air delivers up to 11 hours of web browsing and up to 12 hours of video via the Apple TV app. Expect the new model to pack 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, a fingerprint scanner, and Wi-Fi 6.
It also goes without saying that the M1 processor is shaping up to be a major power boost over Intel-powered Macbooks. Nevertheless, we’ve also got a rundown of the best Macbook deals in general if you want to consider all the options.