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Apr 12, 2001

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.


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.

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


macrumors 6502a
Feb 4, 2007
Yea the touch bar was a waste but then again..they were not going for a redesign anyways. I still dont see the difference between the air and pro or clock speeds or gpu type compared to amd 5500m etc etc..except the pro having touch bar, fan and touch id...weight almost same..
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macrumors regular
Nov 11, 2012
'Our' Mac Book Air: The most convincing concept!

fanless, Touch ID (without TouchBar), weight, battery time, newest standards USB 4, -ax, convenient display – the only limit: 16GB (limit of M1)

Perfect, Apple – in best tradition to the Mac Book Air early 2011 :)👍

But where is MagSafe?

Mac Book Pro 13" and Mac Mini need next generation M... with 32GB/64GB and more USB-C-Sockets for MBPro 13" – just then they can convince, too – work to be done :apple:

Aha: Throw this useless Touch Bar away out of Mac Book Pros (just energy consuming)
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macrumors G5
Oct 14, 2008
I don't really understand why the pro is more expensive and needs a fan. Higher frequency?

Yep it seems that the Air will run at max 9-10W while the actively cooled Pro will be 15W version. Most of their internals are identical I suppose.
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 25, 2008
Looks like both MBA and MBP have same display, SOC (except the GPU), RAM, USB/TB ports, and storage. MBP has better battery life and the touch bar, but IMO that's not worth an extra $300. Disappointed in the MBP upgrade, especially the max 16gb RAM, but the MBA seems like a good value for money.
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