Pricing & Release Date Explained

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro features the powerful M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. Here are the various options now available to order and their prices.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro from Apple comes equipped with the M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. As has been the case with previous MacBook Pro editions, this new machine is expected to be a popular option and especially for those looking for a productivity laptop. What’s more, it won’t be long before buyers can put the new and improved MacBook Pro to the test.

The original MacBook Pro was introduced in 2006, and has been sold in 13-inch, 16-inch, and 17-inch versions over the years. It’s also gone through multiple generations with a 16-inch version of the fifth-generation MacBook Pro released in November 2019 and a 13-inch model following in May 2020. The latest edition of the 13-inch Pro is powered by the M1 chip, which Apple says is its most powerful chip and one that’s been specifically designed for the Mac.

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The M1-powered MacBook Pro is already available to order and buyers can expect to receive their order as soon as the week of November 16, 2020. At the same time, the new MacBook Pro is also expected to be available in select Apple Stores. The 13-inch laptop starts at $1,299 for the 256GB version and $1,499 for the 512GB option. It make its debut alongside the MacBook Air (from $999) and the Mac mini (from $699), with each of these new products available at discounted prices for educational users. For example, the M1 MacBook Pro costs comes down to $1,199 when buying for education.

M1 MacBook Pro Options

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro

The new M1 MacBook Pro comes with several different customization options that will increase the price. Upgrading from 8GB of unified memory to 16 on either the 256GB or 512GB version will cost an additional $180. In addition, expanding storage beyond 512GB will also bump up the price. Upgrading to 1TB of storage is a $380 price increase on the 256GB price, and 2TB will run an extra $740. At the highest end, a new M1 MacBook Pro could cost as much as $2,119. However, the new M1 MacBook Pro isn’t the only model to choose from, as there’s also the Intel version. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Intel Core i5 quad-core processor starts at $1,699 for the 512GB model and $1,899 for the 1TB version. There is also a 16-inch MacBook Pro available, which comes in two variations. The Intel Core i7 processor edition comes with 512GB of storage and costs $2,199, and the Intel Core i9 processor with 1TB of storage increases the cost to $2,599.

Without a doubt, the M1 MacBook Pro is still an expensive investment and it really only makes sense for students or working professionals that need this kind of power at their fingertips. Then again, that’s why Apple also launched an M1-powered version of the MacBook Air and the even cheaper Mac mini.

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Source: Apple

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